Thursday, October 15, 2009

Corrupt Indian babus exposed in US

A US report has blown the cover off American companies bribing 'Babus' in India.

In the report, various US companies have admitted giving money to Indian officials in exchange for favours. While all the companies have already been penalised for their actions in the US, nothing has been done against Indian government employees who pocketed the cash.

Indian Ambassador to the US Meera Shankar has sent a letter to the Prime Minister's
Principal Secretary T K A Nair, which said states prominent Indian organisations that received funds. The organisations named are Maharashtra State Electricity Board (which got payments from Mario Covino of Control Companies), Indian Railways (by Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation) and Central Insecticides Board (by Dow Chemicals).

Sources in the PMO said that the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has been ordered to look into the matter. The DoPT has also been asked to co-ordinate with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Reacting to Meera Shankar's letter, External Affairs Minsiter SM Krishna said, "Meera Shankar has filed a report as our ambassadors often do. We will look in to the matter."

Meera Shankar has also cited a bribe of 61-Lakhs to Indian Navy officials by an agent of York International Corporation. The global provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration products has admitted to the transaction. The money was transferred over a period of six years between 2000 and 2006 for placing over two hundred orders.

The sources in the India Navy however denies any information on Meera's letter.

High placed sources in the Navy told TIMES NOW, "The Navy was not informed about the letter. The navy got to know about it today from the newspapers. We are waiting for an official memorandum from the government and then, we will begin our internal investigations. Upto today, there has not been any intimation from either the government or the Central Bureau of Investigation."

The Mumbai based DE- Nocil Protection - a subsidiary of Dow Cemicals has admitted to paying about a crore to an official in India's Central Insecticides Board to expedite the registration of three of its products.

The Maharashtra State Electricity board has also allegedly received over four crores in bribes. Mario Covino - an American firm which makes valves has also admitted to the pay-offs.

Indian Railway Employees are also under the scanner. Pioneer Friction Limited has also admitted to making payments of 63-lakh rupees. 

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