Tuesday, June 05, 2018

No Indian government official under probe in An 32 aircraft deal case: Ukraine’s investigative agency

Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) had carried a pre-trial investigation in the case which is in progress, however, they have categorically told India Today that “pre-trial investigation is in no way related to the actions of public officials of the Republic of India.”

Earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had attacked the central government quoting news reports which claimed that Ukraine’s National Corruption Bureau had asked for Indian government’s help to solve a case where kickbacks were allegedly given to officials in a deal with Ukraine for An-32 aircraft spares.

“Ministry Of Defence, India (MODI) officials, accused of making millions of $’s in kickbacks via Dubai by Ukrainian Govt. in AN32 deal Modi ji, as our self-proclaimed chokidar, I urge you to take immediate action against your corrupt MODI officials,” Rahul Gandhi had tweeted.

In a written response to India Today, a spokesperson for NABU said, “The pre-trial investigation in this proceeding was started at the end of 2017. The investigation is in progress. Nobody was given a notice of suspicion. We emphasize that the above mentioned pre-trial investigation is in no way related to the actions of public officials of the Republic of India.”

Earlier India’s Ministry of Defence had issued a statement saying that none of MoD officials were involved in any kind of embezzlement.
05/06/18 India Today/Indian Defence Research Wing