CBI files closure report in Barak missile deal
Seven years after the controversial Barak missile deal, the CBI Tuesday filed a closure report before a special CBI court citing “insufficient evidence”. It was alleged by the CBI that former defence minister George Fernandes and the then Naval chief Admiral Sushil Kumar were part of the conspiracy in the Rs 1,150-crore missile deal.
The agency, in its report, said replies received from foreign countries do not substantiate the allegation of kickbacks levelled against the state-run company Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), former Samata Party officials Jaya Jaitly and R K Jain, Fernandes and Kumar.
The CBI said judicial requests were sent to the United Kingdom, the UAE, Mauritius, Germany and Israel seeking details of financial transactions and other details of accused persons involved in the case.
They said Israel, in its reply to Letters Rogatory, denied making any payments to clinch the deal. The country also refused to give any further details citing confidentiality. The agency said replies from other countries also did not corroborate allegations levelled against IAI and other accused mentioned in the FIR. During the probe here, the CBI said it did not find any evidence on the allegations levelled during the sting operation carried out by Tehelka.