A London court on Wednesday fixed May 23 as the date for the trial of Alstom Network UK and its two key former officials charged with bribing officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to secure contracts.
No pleas were entered during the hearing at the Southwark Crown Court on behalf of the two individuals, Graham Hill and Robert John Hallett.
The court approved the joining of Hill’s case to that of Hallett’s and Alstom Network UK.
A hearing was scheduled for April 20 to determine what form the next hearings will take later in the year, as there are legal arguments and dismissal applications to hear.
Both Hill and Hallett face similar charges of bribing DMRC officials during the Delhi Metro Phase 1 between August 1, 2000 and August 9, 2006.
Court documents state that Hill and Hallett ‘did corruptly give or agree to give’ the sum of Rs 19,895,000 disguised as payments in respect of a Consultancy Agreement with Indo European Ventures Pte Ltd dated September 12, 2001; and the sum of Rs 3,131,600 disguised as a payment in respect of a Consultancy Agreement with Global King Technology Ltd dated May 3, 2002.
The payments were given ‘as inducements or rewards for showing favour to the Alstom Group in relation to the award or performance of a contract with the said Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd for a Train Control, Signalling and Telecommunications System for the Delhi Metro Phase 1’, the documents state.