Scandal Scorpene: Di India Rs500 Crore rasuah , di Malaysia RM500 Juta komisyen?

Selain dari ianya melibatkan pembuat Kapal Selam yang sama, adalagi beberapa persamaan antara skandal Scorpene yang berlaku di India dan juga Skandal Scorpene yang berlaku di Malaysia.

Skandal Scorpene yang melibatkan pembayaran rasuah melibatkan sejumlah Rs 500 Crore (banyak mana entahlah) telah dianggap sebagai skandal rasuah yang terbesar di negara itu.

Ianya menyaksikan Rs 500 Crore telah dibayar kepada pihak yang membuat keputusan bagi Kerajaan India oleh pihak pembuat dan pembekal Kapal Selam Scorpene dari Perancis iaitu Thales.

Jumlah tersebut telah disalurkan melalui tengah seperti Abhishek Verma, turut terlibat adalah Ravi Shankaran, saudara kepada Panglima Tentera Laut India, Arun Prakash.

Ravi Shankaran merupakan tertuduh utama dalam ‘The Navy War Room Scandal’ ini dan beliau telah menjual dokumen sulit pertahanan kepada Thales.

Ianya bermula bila pada bulan Oktober 2005, Menteri Pertahanan India Pranab Mukherjee meluluskan sejumlah Rs19.000 crore bagi satu perjanjian yang melibatkan pembinaan dan pemindahan teknologi oleh Thales.

Kontrak tersebut merupakan kontrak pemilikan enam buah Kapal Selam jenis Scorpene dari Thales, Perancis dan merupakan kontrak pemilikan persenjataan dengan jumlah yang terbesar dalam sejarah India.

Kontrak ditandatangani pada tahun 2005 dan dilaporkan India akan memiliki Kapal Selam yang pertama dari kontrak itu pada tahun 2015.

Malangnya e-mail dari Jean Paul Perrier, CEO Thales kepada Abhishek Verma telah mendedahkan telah berlakunya rasuah dalam kontrak Kapal Selam itu.

Dimana beliau telah menyatakan ‘We confirm the payment of 4 per cent of the Scorpene contract price,’

Ianya melibatkan pembayaran Rs 500 Crore…

Apa yang sama antara Scandal Scorpene di India dan Scandal Scorpene di Malaysia?

1-Syarikat yang terlibat adalah syarikat yang sama iaitu Thales.

2-Model Kapal Selam yang sama iaitu Scorpene.

3-Rasuah ( di India, di Malaysia depa kata Komisyen) dibayar kepada orang tengah.

 4-Dokumen Sulit Pertahanan negara telah dijual oleh individu yang rapat dengan seseorang yang berkuasa di Kementerian Pertahanan.

5-Jumlah rasuah juga adalah sama pada angkanya iaitu di India Rs500 Crore dibayar manakala di Malaysia pula RM500Juta dibayar..

Apa pula yang berbeza?

Di India bayaran tersebut dianggap sebagai rasuah tapi di Malaysia ianya dianggap sebagai komisyen.

Di India semua yang terlibat telah diburu dan didakwa tapi di Malaysia semua yang terlibat kekal bebas bermaharaja lela…

Ini adalah laporannya..

Scorpene Submarine Scam Scam Amount Rs.500 Crore and Pranab Mukherjee

October 2005

Defense minister Pranab Mukherjee approved the Rs 19,000 Crore submarine deal with French company Thales.

In 2005, A. K. Antony entered the Rajya Sabha and was inducted into the Union Council of Ministers as Defence Minister following Natwar Singh's expulsion from the Congress and Pranab Mukherjee's transfer to the Ministry of External Affairs.

India sign one of its biggest ever arms purchase contracts to procure six Scorpene submarines from Thales.

Contract was signed in year 2005 but India will get the first Submarine in year 2015.

Malaysian government also bought the Submarine , media said kickbacks were paid , and there was delay in transfer of technology to Malaysia and sub marines also.

Regarding this deal Outlook exposed 4 emails.

One mentioned an e-mail from Jean Paul Perrier, CEO of Thales, to Abhishek Verma, a businessman who has been previously named by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate in several cases of financial fraud.

Incidentally, he is the one who revealed the name of Vincent George, private secretary to Sonia Gandhi, in a case of amassing wealth disproportionate to known sources of income, which is still pending with the CBI.

According to outlook Jean Paul Perrier, CEO wrote to Abhishek Verma that ‘We confirm the payment of 4 per cent of the Scorpene contract price,’

If true, the payoffs are over Rs 500 Crore.

What is War Room Leak Case ?

CBI took over investigations on February 18, 2006 but did not register a preliminary enquiry till December 20, 2007.

Why so much delay?

War link case and Sub Marine Deal both are related with each other.

May 2005:

Naval officers posted in the Operations Directorate of Naval Headquarters were found trading off classified information of a commercial nature.

The information related to fleet acquisition plans.

Naval Board of Inquiry held three officers - Captain Kashyap Kumar and Commanders Virendra Rana and V K Jha - guilty of leaking secret information in exchange for bribes and favors.

In October 2005, they were dismissed from the Navy on charges of “compromising the security of classified information and jeopardizing the interests of the state”.

Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash offered to resign after the involvement of his wife’s nephew, Ravi Shankaran, came to light.

One of the dismissed officers, Kashyap Kumar moved the Delhi High Court challenging his dismissal.

February 2006: The case was transferred to the CBI.

April 5, 2006:

The CBI arrested six persons.

Nine persons were charged with conspiring to trade off classified information, the disclosure of which is likely to affect the sovereignty and integrity of the country.

All nine were booked under the Official Secrets Act and charged with criminal conspiracy.

CBI registered a case on March 20 against

1. former IAF Wing Commander Sambhaji Rao Surve.
3.ex-Navy Commanders Vinod Kumar Jha.
4.Vinod Rana.
5.Raj Rani Jaiswal, who allegedly acted as a honey trap for the defense personnel.
6.Mukesh Bajaj.
7. Wing Commander (retd) SK Kohli.
8.Kashyap Kumar.
9.former Navy Commander Kulbushan Parashar.
Three Navy officers were summarily dismissed in October in a ‘War Room Leak’.

They were not court-martialled, but sacked under the rarely-used President’s ‘Pleasure Doctrine’, since the ‘‘classified information’’ they leaked, after accepting ‘‘gratification’’, was ‘‘likely to affect the security of the State’’.

Curiously, the civilians named by the magazine as having received the leaked information (including information about the submarine deal) have not even been interrogated so far.

One of them, a close relative of the serving Navy chief, is said to be linked to Verma, who is alleged to have negotiated the deal ‘‘on behalf of the Congress party’’.

Media has reported that the makers of the Scorpene submarine Thales Paid Rs. 500 Crore (about USD 10 mn) to government decision makers as kickbacks.

The amount was channeled via middlemen such as Abhishek Verma.

Also involved was Ravi Shankaran, a relative of the then chief of navy staff Arun Prakash. He is the prime accused in the Navy War Room spy scandal.

In another case

CBI had arrested Verma and his wife Anca Neacsu earlier this month, and found that Rheinmetall Air Defence (RAD) had transferred $530,000 in Verma's account, which was 10% of the bribe along with interests, on February 17, 2011, in the US escrow account of Ganton.

In 2007, Prashant Bhushan of the Centre for Public Interest Litigation filed a petition with the Delhi High Court to investigate whether there had been kickbacks in the Scorpene submarine deal.

The High Court took a strong line with the investigating agency, saying "We feel dissatisfied with that you've done so far.

If you've tried to shield someone, then we will come down very heavily on you" ~ Reality View

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