New Delhi:The government has ordered an enquiry into the case of an important file related to the $10 billion deal to procure 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) for the Air Force (IAF). “We have viewed the incident seriously. A enquiry is on,” said defence minister A K Antony, in a statement. “As far as the MMRCA is concerned, I am clear that every officer has to be careful at every stage.”
The incident first came to light on 31 December when television reports said that a file relating to the offsets clause of the deal had been found by the roadside in the Khel Gaon area of Delhi. According to defence ministry officials, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the rank of director in the ‘defence production’ wing of the ministry of defence (MoD), was in possession of the file.
Ministry officials said that the officer had not been asked to proceed on leave, but was out of Delhi, on official work.
Mint could not ascertain the identity of the concerned officer.
Six defence companies- Saab AB of , Boeing and Lockheed Martin of the , Dassault of France, RSK MiG of Russia, and European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS), a consortium of European defence companies-are vying for the deal.