New Delhi, July 22: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday booked a Delhi-based firm and some unidentified officials of Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly supplying Chinese parts, camouflaged as ‘Made in Germany’, for the manufacture of 155mm Dhanush guns. An indigenous version of Bofors gun, Dhanush guns were being sold to Jabalpur’s ordnance factory, which comes under the Ministry of defence’s department.
Acting on the report that fake and cheap Chinese parts were being supplied for the production of indigenised Bofors Howitzer guns, the CBI registered an FIR under criminal conspiracy, cheating, and forgery against unknown officials of GCF, accusing them of conspiring with Delhi-based Sidh Sales Syndicate. Bofors guns were used by the Indian Army during the Kargil war in 1999.
The FIR alleging that the supplier conspired with the GCF officials to supply fake spare parts (bearings), found to be brought from Sino United Industries based in China’s Henan region. It was later found that German company, mentioned by Sidh Sales, does not manufacture the said bearing.
The GCF officials had been accepting Chinese manufactured ‘Wire Race Roller Bearings’ which were being supplied by Sidh Sales Syndicate, which had ‘CRB-Made in Germany’ embossed. The reports also have it that the Delhi firm was connected with two other Chinese firms – Xuzhou Helin Slewing Bearings Co Ltd and RTR Engineering Co Limited – for the supply of fake parts of Dhanush guns. As per the CBI, production and performance of the Dhanush gun is extremely vital for India’s preparation for its defence and “wire race roller bearing” is its vital component.
As per the FIR, the order was given to Sidh Sales Syndicate at the value of Rs 35.38 lakh in 2013, which was further increased to six bearings at the cost of Rs 53.07 lakh in 2014. The Delhi-based company submitted ‘certificates in origin’ showing that the bearings were produced from CRB Antriebstechnik, Germany.
“Consequently the bearings were accepted as a special case by unknown officials of GCF Jabalpur,” the CBI alleged. CBI seized several emails exchanged between China and Sidh Sales Syndicate. The CBI claimed that the letter from Germany was also on a forged letterhead. “The said forged letter and certificate were accepted by unidentified officials of GCF with ulterior motive and by abusing their official positions as such without ascertaining the genuineness of the said letter and certificates. This gave an undue advantage to Sidh Sales Syndicate and resulted in corresponding loss to the Government of India,” the FIR said.