CBI ‘examines’ three former senior officials over Antrix deal | Latest News India - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

CBI ‘examines’ three former senior officials over Antrix deal

Hindustan Times | ByAbhishek Sharan, New Delhi
Oct 31, 2015 10:52 AM IST

The CBI recently ‘examined’ three former senior officials of the department of space (DoS) as a part of its probe into alleged irregularities in a January 2005 deal between Antrix Corporation Limited (ACL) and Bengaluru’s private firm Devas Multimedia Private Limited (DMPL).

The CBI recently ‘examined’ three former senior officials of the department of space (DoS) as a part of its probe into alleged irregularities in a January 2005 deal between Antrix Corporation Limited (ACL) and Bengaluru’s private firm Devas Multimedia Private Limited (DMPL).

Former ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair along with three scientists are being investigated by the CBI over alleged irregularities in a 2050 deal between Antrix and Devas Multimedia Private Limited.(PTI Photo)
Former ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair along with three scientists are being investigated by the CBI over alleged irregularities in a 2050 deal between Antrix and Devas Multimedia Private Limited.(PTI Photo)

One of the officials is a space scientist who played a key role in conceptualising India’s first lunar probe mission.

A CBI source said, “We have examined three then-senior officials of the department of space in Bengaluru who were associated with or had knowledge of the decision-making process connected to the 2005 deal, due to which a loss of Rs 578 crore was allegedly caused to the exchequer. We sought information and clarifications from the three persons who were then at director level or above in the DoS. In course of the probe, after scrutinising their statements, we will determine if they will be witnesses or accused in the case, if there were lapses.”

The source said, “We are still awaiting certain crucial case-related details from a few countries, including Mauritius.”

Due to the “sensitive nature” of the probe, the CBI is unwilling to disclose names of those questioned till it reaches the final stage.

CBI had registered an FIR in March, according to which a then-ACL executive director had allegedly manipulated the award of a contract related to the delivery of video, multimedia and information services to mobile receivers and mobile phones via two geo-stationary satellites to the firm despite its ineligibility.

Despite attempts, HT could not contact the ‘examined’ former officials for their comments. “Based on the versions of the examined then officials, more officials will be contacted by us,” said the source.

Catch every big hit, every wicket with Crickit, a one stop destination for Live Scores, Match Stats, Infographics & much more. Explore now!

See more

Get Current Updates on India News, Budget 2024, Weather Today along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, July 21, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On