Air India software purchase case: CBI registers FIR against unknown officials

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Following probe on the Air India software purchase case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has, today, filed an FIR against unknown officials of the aviation company and other private software firms like German multinational software corporation, SAP SE, AG and American Technology giant IBM. The CBI has registered the FIR in connection with alleged irregularities in the procurement of software purchase of worth Rs 226 crore from a German software company.

The agency has registered the case on the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission which found prima facie procedural irregularities in the procurement of the software, CBI sources said.

After considering the reports of Chief Vigilance Officer of Air India, the Commission in a communication to CBI said it was of the view that there were “serious procedural and other irregularities” in the procurement as well as amount paid and extent of services rendered.

The CVC had asked the CBI to probe the “irregularities in the tendering process and award of contract and undue benefit caused to the SAP/IBM”.

It had also asked the agency to investigate whether any of the persons who dealt with the issue at IBM and in the government got any financial or other benefits, besides irregularities relating to the registration by the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposal.

CBI has registered the FIR under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and cheating.

[Source:-The Financial Expres]