New Delhi (Daily Pakistan Online) The Indian government has allowed the prosecution of four serving and retired officers of the Indian Navy for alleged corruption in procurement of spare parts for refurbishing Russian Kilo-class submarines.
According to NDTV, the Federal Investigation Agency (CBI) had filed its charge sheet in November last year, after which it had charged naval officers Commander SJ Singh (retd) and three serving commanders Ajit Pandey, Abhishek. Government approval was sought to prosecute Kumar Shar and Jagdish Chandra.
After a delay of more than a year, the government has finally given its nod to prosecute the four accused in the CBI chargesheet, which means the trial of the case is likely to begin soon. Section 19 of the Anti-Corruption Act makes it mandatory for the CBI to seek government approval before prosecuting an accused, officials said. The federal investigation agency has already informed a special CBI court that it has the government’s permission to prosecute the accused officials.
The CBI had registered the case based on reports that some serving officers at the Navy’s Western Headquarters, who are engaged in refurbishing the Russian Kilo-class submarines, allegedly colluded with retired officers for financial embezzlement. were receiving benefits. According to officials, after registering a case on September 2, the agency conducted a search the next day, during which two retired officers, Commodore Randeep Singh and Commander SJ Singh, were arrested in a trap operation. During the search, an amount of Rs 2.4 million was recovered, including the trap money, officials said. After that, the CBI took Commander Ajit Kumar Pandey into custody. An alleged ‘hawala’ operator and a director of a private company have also been detained during the investigation, officials said.
It has been alleged that serving officers of the rank of commander in the Navy were disclosing classified information to retired officers in return for monetary benefits. Officials said the agency’s anti-corruption unit, which handles sensitive and high-profile corruption cases, was tasked with leaking the information, after which the operation was initiated. The unit has questioned several other officers and ex-servicemen who were in regular contact with the arrested officers and retired personnel.