The Defence Ministry on Wednesday written to the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), seeking a probe into the allegations of bribery in the 2008 Embraer aircraft deal for the IAF. It was during the previous UPA rule.
Earlier, the Defence Ministry had asked the aircraft maker, Embraer, to explain reports that it had hired an Indian middleman based in the UK to get the deal through in 2008.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, last week, said that he might recommend a CBI probe into the $208-million deal if it displayed “criminal nature” after the DRDO wrote to the Brazilian company seeking details of the deal involving three EMB 145 aircrafts.
“I can tell you as of now that if it displays criminal nature, I will hand over the case for CBI probe,” he had said.
The controversial deal involved the purchase of three aircraft equipped with indigenous radars for Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems. As part of the deal, the first aircraft was delivered in 2011 and the remaining two in 2013.
The deal was signed in 2008 between Embraer and the DRDO for three aircraft equipped with indigenous radars for AEW&C.
The film has been under investigation by the United States Justice Department since 2010 when a contract with the Dominican Republic raised the Americans’ suspicions.