The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday named NRI defence consultant Vipin Khanna as the key beneficiary in the Embraer deal. The Embraer aircraft deal was signed during the UPA regime in 2008.
CBI has lodged an FIR in the case naming Khanna as the agent who received commissions amounting $5.76 million in 2009. According to The Indian Express, the FIR names Khanna as the beneficiary of the commissions and a Singapore-based company, Interdev Pte Ltd, as the entity through which the commissions were routed in three tranches via a subsidiary of Embraer. The alleged payoffs went through Austria and Switzerland. Interdev Pte Ltd is listed as a software consultancy firm incorporated in 2000.
Following allegations, first reported in the Brazilian press, of kickbacks being paid in the $210 million-deal for purchase of three Embraer-145 aircraft by India, the Ministry of Defence handed over the deal’s documents and agreements to the CBI.