CBI books DARE scientist, US firm for irregularities in procurement of radar components

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    CBI books DARE researcher, US company for irregularities in procurement of radar components





    The CBI has alleged that even now just 13 systems are held by DARE and the staying are with AKON.

    The CBI has reserved a Defence Avionics Research Study Facility (DARE) researcher and a US-based company for supposed irregularities in the import of radar elements worth about USD one million in 2009, authorities stated.

    The agency registered the case after getting clearance to lodge FIR versus Priya Suresh, a researcher then posted at DARE, Bengaluru, they said.

    Besides her, the CBI has actually called AKON Inc based in California in the United States in its FIR for allegedly sending out insufficient devices even after receiving payments for 35 VCO-based RF Generator used in radar-based electronic warfare for USD one million (Rs 7.3 crore based on present currency exchange rate), they stated.

    It is declared that the business was chosen for providing the devices through an international tender and 90 per cent of the payment was made in three tranches in February, 2009, they said.

    The CBI has alleged that she had accepted these 35 systems even after having knowledge from AKON agents through e-mails that these systems were in developmental stage, they stated.

    The agency, which did a preliminary query into the matter prior to filing the FIR, found that 24 systems were returned for “upgrade” without specifying the nature of upgrade, 11 remained in DARE store till 2011 unused and untried, they alleged.

    She allegedly permitted balance payment to be made to AKON certifying that systems were working adequately knowing that 24 units are still with the USA-based vendor, they stated.

    In 2011, after ensuring payment to the vendor, the researcher advised that 11 systems kept in shop are not working at all and should be sent back to the supplier for repair, they said.

    The CBI has actually alleged that even now just 13 systems are held by DARE and the staying are with AKON, it stated.

    The systems provided by the vendor did not fulfill the specifications of the order and their weight were around three times more than the dummy provided by it, they stated.

    Testing of VCO-based radar danger simulator might not be finished by a Bengaluru-based vendor even after complete payment of Rs 9.5 lakh due to the fact that of non-supply of the component by AKON, it stated.

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