The government is likely to scrap the multi-million deal to procure two large transport aircraft for the Border Security Force following detection of discrepancies and forgery in the documents.
Official sources said the Centre will float a new tender for procuring the machines expected to cost about $300 million (Rs1,350 crore). The planes were to transport troops, equipment and other logistical requirements.
The deal had hit rough weather just before finalisation in December last year after certain discrepancies came to light in connection with technical specifications. The home ministry and the Indian Air Force (IAF) had ordered an inquiry.
Sources said forensic experts reported certain signatures of top Air Force and BSF officers were forged in portions that replaced old outdated technology for state-of-the-art equipment originally agreed upon.
A formal decision to go for a fresh global tender to eliminate all discrepancies is on cards.
Officials noticed certain changes in technical specifications, including radar systems, during negotiations with a shortlisted firm. The Centre in 2009 approved the expansion plans of BSF Air Wing.
Under the plan, the BSF was to induct eight helicopters and three aircraft for transporting men and material in case of emergency.