Monday, May 28, 2012

Scamster Ravi Rishi destroys internal projections and assessments of both the Army and BEML

Former armymen, BEML staff fortified Ravi Rishi’s Tatra ring
TNN Apr 29, 2012, 06.33AM IST

NEW DELHI: Ravi Rishi, under investigation in the Tatra scam, had over the years employed a large number of former Army and BEML officers, who played a critical role in ensuring that the all-terrain truck contract ran smoothly for the past 25 years.
Among those employed by Rishi were at least two retired master general of ordnance (MGO) of the Army, senior Lieutenant Generals who had been ordering the purchase of Tatra trucks from BEML.
However, nobody raised a red flag over the retiring MGOs moving across the divide to join Rishi's Vectra Group.
According to Army sources, at least two former MGOs and a former chief of director general of quality assurance (DGQA), who too was a Lt General, have worked or are still working for Rishi. Besides, several other officers of lower rank are also working with Rishi, and ensuring that there is no hitch to the deal.
Lt Gen R I S Kahlon, who is no more, was the first MGO to join Rishi after his retirement. Another MGO Lt Gen A Sehgal and former DGQA Lt Gen Amarjit Singh have also worked for Rishi after retirement. CBI investigations have also thrown up names of many former Army officers, including Brigadier P C Das, Col Anil Dutta and Col Pushy Oberoi.
Sources said a similar trend has been noticed with regard to BEML too. Several BEML employees have taken premature retirement to work for Rishi. The extent of Rishi's influence in Bangalore was such that a former CMD of BEML joined the NRI businessman after his retirement.
According to sources, Rishi may have also hired some relatives of powerful people from the government and PSUs. Through such a network, Rishi had a virtual run of the Army and BEML and, consequently, a monopoly over the trucks' supply to the Army for over 25 years.
Sources said that there are inputs that Rishi's employees may have destroyed some internal documents of the Army and BEML after the CBI registered a case in the scam.
Rishi reportedly had access to many internal projections and assessments of both the Army and BEML, and these documents may have been destroyed.
Rishi had a virtual run of the Army and BEML and, consequently, a monopoly over the trucks' supply to the Army for over 25 years

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