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The CBI has registered a case against 12 persons —including former senior officials of Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), a German firm, and an ex-Army middleman — for criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery in the purchase of phone interception systems worth Rs 41 crore, from the German firm. The equipment was purchased for use of the country’s top investigating agencies. The ECIL purchased 12 interception and monitoring systems for GSM phones from German company ELD Industries for Rs 41 crore between 2004 and 2010. The probe has revealed the use of forged documents by accused persons for acquiring the interception and monitoring systems from an unqualified supplier instead of the original equipment manufacturer. According to the CBI FIR, C Muralidhar Rao, then the Chief Vigilance Officer of the ECIL, had flagged certain irregularities in the deal.
“The vigilance enquiry revealed certain grave irregularities and procedural violations in the matter of procurement of GSM Monitoring System by ECIL during 2004 to 2010. It is also revealed that 12 such systems were purchased by ECIL from ELD Industries between 2004 and 2010 for a total cost of about Rs 41 crore. Vigilance enquiry even questioned the very genuineness of the existence of ELD Industries Holding, KG, Germany. Further the said CVO, prima facie, suspected commission of criminal fraud, forgery, cheating etc,” the agency said in its FIR. Based on the report from the vigilance office, the CBI had conducted a preliminary enquiry in March, 2017, which prima facie revealed criminal misconduct on part of the ECIL officials and various private companies involved in the deal.
The agency has now registered a case of criminal conspiracy, criminal misconduct, cheating and forgery against former ECIL officials K Hari Satyanarayana, Senior DGM; V Satyanarayana, General Manager; Muddagouni Vishny Murthy, DGM; Gadi Naga Venkata Satyanarayana, Director; and Katragadda Subba Rao, DGM (Purchase), all retired. The CBI has also booked part-time consultant of Schleicher India Col Suresh Bhatia (retd), who had represented ELD India and Hartron Case Communications Pvt Ltd; E Leopold Dieck, owner of ELD Industrie Holding, Germany; the company ELD Industrie, New Delhi-based companies Hartron Case Communication, Binary Network Solutions and Net4 Communications Pvt Ltd; and German national Nadine Rothweiler, the then Executive Secretary to Dieck.
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