2 IT officers arrested with Nandas in missile case

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Mumbai, Mar 9: Arms dealer Suresh Nanda and his son Sanjeev Nanda were picked up along with two Income Tax officials by the sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation from a five star hotel in the city last night in connection with the alleged kickback in the Rs 1,150 crore Barak missile deal of 2000.

The Income Tax Officers Mr Asutosh Varma and Mr Bipin Saha were picked up by the CBI officers, after they raided 16 places belonging to the accused including in Mumbai and Delhi. The Nandas were in Mumbai enroute to New Delhi from Goa.

According to sources, they were in discussion of setting up a BPO. While the Nandas were denied the assistance of their advocates, the IT officers were allowed to be represented by their counsels. They were produced today before Judge S N Sardesai of CBI designated court here, which sought time to go through the papers before giving its ruling on custody.

In the alleged kickback, the Nandas have received around Rs 160 from the missile deal. The CBI sleuths have been hounding the Nandas ever since the kickback allegation surfaced following a sting operation by a magazine.

During the operation, the involvement of Samata Party leader Jaya Jaitley had also figured, but she had denied it. The CBI had impounded the passport of Mr Suresh Nanda earlier.


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