The Central Bureau of Investigation (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.
The officials of IAF said that the CBI 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.
Some unidentified officials of the Indian Air Force, Defence Ministry and Switzerland-based Pilatus Aircraft Limited have also been booked in the case.
It has been alleged by CBI that it had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Bhandari and Bimal Sareen, both of whom are directors of Offset India Solutions Private Limited and fraudulently signed a Service Provider Agreement with Bhandari in June 2010.
The agreement has been signed allegedly to get the contract for supply of 75 basic Trainer Aircraft to the IAF. It has further alleged that the company also made a payment of CHF 1,000,000 in the account of Offset India Solution Private Limited with the Standard Chartered Bank, New Delhi in two tranches in August and October, 2010.