FIR against Air India officials in Software procurement scam

CVC had asked the CBI to probe the "irregularities in the tendering process and award of contract and undue benefit caused to the SAP/IBM."

FIR against Air India officials in Software procurement scam

In connection with alleged irregularities in procurement of software worth Rs. 225 crore by Air India in 2011, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against unknown officials of Air India, German firm SAP AG and global computer major IBM.

Reportedly, this case comes on the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission which found prima facie procedural irregularities in the procurement of the software.


After considering the reports of Chief Vigilance Officer of Air India, the Commission in a communication to CBI said it was of the view that there were "serious procedural and other irregularities" in the procurement as well as amount paid and extent of services rendered.

Therefore, CVC had asked the CBI to probe the "irregularities in the tendering process and award of contract and undue benefit caused to the SAP/IBM."

Furthermore, it has asked the agency to investigate whether any of the persons who dealt with the issue at IBM and in the government got any financial or other benefits, besides irregularities relating to the registration by the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposal.

The FIR has been registered under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and cheating.