Embraer deal: CBI registers preliminary enquiry

A preliminary enquiry is registered by the agency when the complaint is short on enough material to substantiate a prima facie criminality in its allegations

Embraer deal: CBI registers preliminary enquiry

The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a preliminary enquiry against unknown officials of Defence Ministry on a reference from the ministry that the company used services of middleman in the supply of three aircraft from Brazilian company Embraer.

Few days ago, Defence Ministry had asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe allegations of corruption in the purchase of three aircraft from Embraer following reports of investigations in Brazil and the U.S.

In 2008, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) signed a $208-million deal with Embraer for three ERJ-145 aircraft to build indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AEW&C) for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

According to PTI report, the CBI examines various stakeholders, seeks material related to the matter to zero in on the criminality and then registers an FIR against the suspects, after registering the PE.  The allegations of commission being paid in the deal surfaced in a Brazilian paper which claimed that Embraer had taken the services of middlemen to get the deal of aircraft supply in Saudi Arabia and India.