The CBI has booked controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and others in connection with the alleged corruption in the Rs 2895 crore deal of 75 Pilatus basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force in 2009.
According to official sources, the agency has carried out searches at the residence and office of Bhandari. The details of further searches have been withheld by the agency for time being. The action comes after findings of a three year old inquiry by the CBI showed a prima facie case of corruption against the accused.
The agency has also booked unidentified officials of the Indian Air Force, the Defence Ministry and Switzerland-based Pilatus Aircraft Limited in the case, they said. The Swiss company was one of the bidders for the contract floated in 2009, they said.
The CBI has alleged that it had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Bhandari and Bimal Sareen, both directors of Offset India Solutions Private Limited, and dishonestly and fraudulently signed a Service Provider Agreement with Bhandari in June 2010, which was in violation of the Defence Procurement Procedure, 2008.