UK agency charges Alstom for graft in India project

Written by PTI | London, New Delhi | Updated: Jul 25 2014, 13:48pm hrs
The Serious Fraud Office of the United Kingdom on Thursday started criminal proceedings against French major Alstom SA for alleged corruption related to large transportation projects in India and two other countries.

A diversified group with global footprints, Alstom is into rail, power and electricity transmission sectors.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has commenced criminal proceedings against an Alstom company in the UK by written charge, as part of an ongoing investigation.

Alstom Network UK Ltd, formerly called Alstom International Ltd, a British subsidiary of Alstom, has been charged with three offences of corruption, the investigation agency said in a statement.

When contacted, an Alstom spokesperson said the company was in touch with the SFO with regard to these investigations and would continue to cooperate on the same.

While the SFO statement did not disclose specific details about the Indian project, earlier reports have said Alstom was being investigated for alleged instances of corruption with regard to its work for Delhi Metro project in India, along with some others.

Earlier this year, SFO had also written to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after which CBI had begun looking into alleged pay-offs of nearly three million pounds made by the European company to an Indian for allegedly swinging a government deal in its favour. As per SFOs statement on Thursday, The alleged offences are said to have taken place between 1 June 2000 and 30 November 2006 and concern large transport projects in India, Poland and Tunisia.