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Haryana VB seeks MEA's help in verifying German company

chandigarh Updated: Jun 29, 2012 12:46 IST
Hitender Rao

Haryana Vigilance Bureau (VB) has sought the assistance of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) in verifying the antecedents of a purported Germany-based company, Level One Communications, that won the bid for the supply, installation and management of outdoor surveillance systems for Haryana police on a turnkey basis.

The entire bidding process is being probed by the vigilance bureau, following the detection of several inconsistencies.

Officials of Haryana police and Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation (HARTRON), involved in the process, are also under the VB scanner.

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who ordered the probe, had put the project on hold. The VB, which took over the probe in February this year, has now asked the MEA to facilitate assistance from the Indian embassy in Berlin to enquire into the antecedents of Level One Communications.
"Since the company involved is purportedly Germany based, we have written to the MEA to get it checked,'' a VB official said.

The Bureau has asked MEA to verify if Level One Communications exists, the names of its subsidiary companies, its turnover for the past 10 years, the persons on the company's board of directors, company's global associates etc.

The VB has also sent copies of all the documents submitted by Level One Communication during the bid process and their communications to the MEA for verification.

"We had also sent a questionnaire to all the officers involved in the selection of Level One. Their replies have been received,'' VB officials said.

The Germany-based company perceived to be having an Indian subsidiary, Level One Communications India Pvt Ltd, was selected as the system integrator on the basis of being the lowest bidder by the high-powered purchase committee after Haryana police invited bids for the project. The selection, however, came under the cloud after a preliminary inquiry by the information technology department revealed discrepancies in the entire process.

The preliminary inquiry had revealed that certain key aspects mentioned in the eligibility criteria for the bidders were disregarded or not conformed to while evaluating the bid of Level One Communi-cations. Serious doubts were also raised in the inquiry on the authenticity of e-mails and other communications purportedly sent by the representatives of Level One Communications to HARTRON.

Even the internet domains purportedly used by certain Level One representatives to correspond with HARTRON were also found to be freshly created.