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Suits haven’t been tested yet, accused claims

Charul Shah, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, May 28, 2012
First Published: 01:50 IST(28/5/2012) | Last Updated: 01:52 IST(28/5/2012)

Bimal Agrawal, director of Techno Trade Impex India Pvt Ltd and one of the accused in the bomb suit scam, has moved the Bombay High Court (HC) seeking direction to the state government to take delivery of the suits and put them through the necessary quality tests.

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The HC asked the state to file a reply on the issue.

The state police had in January 2009 floated the tender for purchase of the suits, after the 26/11 terror attacks. Techno Trade Impex won the bid, and an order for 80 suits was placed. The firm was paid an advance of Rs6 crore in June 2009. However, when the suits were supplied in 2010, the government rejected them for not measuring up to quality standards.

Agrawal in the notice of motion filed earlier this month through his advocate Vaibhav Bagade, has claimed  that ever since August 2009, he has been requesting the state to take delivery of the suits.

“Agrawal has been falsely framed in the case as till now the suits have not been tested. We have been writing to the department concerned to get the suit examined and take the delivery of the suits. We have also proposed to give a fresh bank guarantee, whereby the department can claim the damages if the goods are not found to measure up to the specifications,” Bagade contended.

Agrawal had also filed an anticipatory bail application in March, when the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) filed a complaint against him and two of his firm’s directors at the Colaba police station.

They are booked on charges of cheating and forgery in connection with alleged irregularities in purchase of the bomb suits. The application is yet to be decided.


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