Fake Chinese spares used for indigenised Bofors guns, alleges CBI
The CBI has file a case against a Delhi-based company for supplying fake and cheap China-made spares passing off as Made in Germany for Dhanush guns.
Acting on a source information that fake and cheap Chinese parts were reaching the production line of indigenised Bofors guns, the agency has booked a Delhi-based firm Sidh Sales Syndicate and unknown officers of Guns Carriage Factory (GCF), Jabalpur for criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery.
Dhanush is the indigenised version of the Bofors artillery guns which performed exceedingly well during the Kargil conflict in 1999. The performance of the gun is extremely crucial for India's defence preparedness and "wire race roller bearing" is its vital component.
A tender was floated for the procurement of four such bearings according to the Rothe Erde drawing for 155 mm gun in which four firms had participated. The order was given to Sidh Sales Syndicate at the value of Rs 35.38 lakh in 2013, the FIR stated. The order was further increased to six bearings at the cost of Rs 53.07 lakh on August 27, 2014. The company supplied two bearings each on three occasions between April 7, 2014 and August 12, 2014, reports PTI.
The company submitted 'certificates in origin' showing the bearings were procured from CRB Antriebstechnik, Germany. They were also embossed with the label, CRB-Made in Germany.
GCF tests showed that the bearings were unacceptable due to deviations in dimensions.
The company provided clarifications and assured that in case of non performance of the bearing due to manufacturing defects, they would replace the bearing free of cost and take corrective action for future supply.
The agency claimed that the letter from Germany shown by Sidh Sales was also on a forged letterhead and certificate of origin from Germany was also forged.
OneIndia News (with agency inputs)