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Metro scam: E Sreedharan refutes bribery theory

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E Sreedharan
New Delhi, Oct 08: Former Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief E Sreedharan has rejected UK prosecutor's allegations that any of the DMRC officials or agents were involved in any kind of corrupt practices.

As per a Hindu report, Sreedharan, the former DMRC Managing Director, has responded saying that "there are many tiers, individuals and agencies involved [in the tendering process] and the decision cannot be influenced by bribing one or two individuals."

Sreedharan has further said, that the DMRC has a strict policy of not allowing any intermediaries to its office. During tender finalisation, tenderers are not allowed to communicate or get in touch with any DMRC officials, he further said while spelling out the procedure by which DMRC floats tenders and finalises the contracts.

The UK prosecutor had on Monday told a British court Alstom Network UK, British subsidiary of French train and turbine maker Alstom, bribed DMRC officials 3 million euros to win train infrastructure contracts for the Delhi Metro.

Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO's) has been investigating Alstom for five years as part of an international criminal inquiry into alleged corruption.

Alstom Network UK, allegedly paid bribes to win train infrastructure orders for the Delhi Metro and tram and infrastructure deals in Warsaw and Tunis between 2000 and 2006, said Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO's).

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