The investigations by CVO have prima facie found that the company allegedly violated several of the contractual obligations with HAL between the period of 2007-11, when these bribes were allegedly paid, they said. The company has supplied engines for the aircraft being manufactured by the HAL for the Indian Air Force, they said. The issue came to light after HAL issued queries to its vendors and suppliers to ensure probity in its transactions as part of its integrity pact to be signed with them, they said.
Antony ordered the CBI probe after the case along with the findings and recommendations of the CVO of HAL was brought to the notice of Defense Minister, the sources said. In view of the development, IAF's several programs are expected to get delayed. However, the Defense Minister is firm that he would not allow any corruption in the procurement process and would take strict action even if it means delays. Antony has been prompt in ordering inquiries into defense deals even if the complaints are received from anonymous sources to avoid questions over military purchases. The Defense Minister took stern action against the charges of bribery made in the AgustaWestland chopper scam by cancelling the deal on January 1 this year after it was allegedly found that the firm had violated the pre-integrity pact of the Defense Ministry meant for ensuring probity in defense deals. In his tenure of more than eight years, the Defense Minister has handed over around 100 cases of alleged corruption to CBI for investigations. (PTI)