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Vectra chief restrained from going to Czech and Slovakia

delhi Updated: Aug 15, 2013 20:58 IST
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Vectra Group chief Ravinder Rishi, facing a CBI probe for the alleged irregularities in supply of all-terrain Tatra trucks, has been restrained from travelling to the Republic of Czech and Slovakia by a special court.

Special CBI Judge Ravinder Kaur, however, permitted Rishi to travel to London and Georgia via Moscow for four weeks from August 13 for medical treatment and business purposes after CBI said it has no objection on his plea to travel abroad.

The CBI, however, told the court that Rishi be restrained from travelling to the Republic of Czech as letter of rogatory has been sent to the country in connection with the case while it "intends" to sent letter of rogatory to Slovakia as well.

"Since the prosecution (CBI) has no objection to the same and also for the reason that accused (Rishi) travelled abroad in terms of the order of the High Court of Delhi and orders of this court and never misused the liberty granted to him, he is allowed to travel only to London and Georgia via Moscow....," the court said.

"He (Rishi) is specifically restrained from travelling to Republic of Czech and Slovakia," the judge said.

The order came on a plea filed by Rishi seeking permission to travel to London for treatment of his acute liver problem. He said that as per the medical advice, the doctors need to review his condition from time to time.

Rishi told the court that earlier also he had travelled abroad on the orders of Delhi High court as well as the trial court and had returned back which proves his bonafide conduct.

He said that he is required to travel abroad for medical treatment as well as business exigencies.

57-year-old Rishi, a British national, is facing a CBI probe over alleged irregularities in supply of Tatra trucks to public sector Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) by his firm Tatra-Sipox UK.

The CBI, in its reply filed on Rishi's plea, said that letter of rogatory has been issued to the Republic of Czech and condition may be imposed on the accused that he would not travel to that country during this period and would specify the places to be visited by him during this period.

The CBI's investigating officer said that the agency has no objection if Rishi's plea to go to London for treatment is allowed.

The Vectra chief has been quizzed several times by the CBI in connection with the alleged irregularities in the Tatra truck deal as he has a substantial stake in Tatra Sipox UK.

CBI has lodged a case naming Rishi and unnamed officials of the Defence Ministry, Army and BEML for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating and under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The agency is probing alleged irregularities in assigning of supply from the then Czechoslovakia-based Tatra, with which the agreement was originally signed in 1986, to Tatra-Sipox UK owned by Rishi in 1997 showing it as original equipment manufacturer and fully-owned subsidiary of the Czech company.