New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday searched the premises of two retired Army officers and questioned BEML chairman VRS Natarajan for nearly six hours in connection with its probe into alleged irregularities in the procurement and supply of Tatra all-terrain vehicles to the Army.
According to sources, teams of CBI officials carried out searches at the residence of retired Brigadier P C Das at Vasant Kunj in south Delhi and retired Colonel Anil Dutta at Noida.
Later, Das was grilled by sleuths at the CBI headquarters in connection with the case.
Residential premises of Vectra executive Anil Mansaramani at Noida were also searched by the agency, they said. CBI suspects that post-retirement, Das and Dutta allegedly used to liaison for Vectra in the Army and were in touch with Mansaramani although sources clarified that there was nothing against the officers during their service.
Vectra, which has controlling stake in Tatra Sipox UK has come under CBI scanner over alleged irregularities in the supply of all terrain vehicle components to the public sector BEML which assembles and supplies these vehicles to the Army.
Meanwhile, the CBI on Wednesday continued with the questioning of BEML Chairman Natarajan for the second consecutive day and quizzed him for nearly six hours at the agency Headquarters.
Vectra chairman Ravinder Rishi was also questioned for the ninth time today, they said.
After getting inputs from the duo, the agency found it necessary to search the residences of the retired Army officials and the Vectra employee to gather some crucial documents which could help the agency in the case, they said.
Natarajan and Rishi have refuted the allegations of any wrong doing.