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US blacklists Mumbai firm

world Updated: Nov 02, 2007 03:22 IST

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The United States has banned a Mumbai-based firm and three persons associated with it from exporting to or from the country any dual-use or sensitive material and technology for 15 years.

Megatech Engineering & Services Pvt. Ltd, and three of its senior officials — Ajay Ahuja, Ravi Shettigar and T.K. Mohan — have been placed in the ‘Denied Persons List’ of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the Department of Commerce and formally notified in the Federal Register.

The agency has alleged that all the four respondents exported equipment controlled under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to a prohibited entity without the required licence.

In one of the charges, the BIS has alleged that they conspired between 2000 and 2001 to export equipment from the US to the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), prohibited under the Regulations from receiving controlled items.

“In furtherance of the conspiracy, false documentation was submitted to a US exporter indicating that a party other than IGCAR was the ultimate consignee for these items,” the notification in the Federal Register says.

The company has been barred from directly or indirectly participating in any way in any transaction involving any commodity, software or technology exported or to be exported from the US that is subject to the Regulations.

When contacted, the officials of the firm refused to comment. Ajay Ahuja said that he was not aware of the order.