The CBI yesterday registered a case against V R S Natarajan, chief of the the state-owned Bharat Earth Movers Ltd, and Tamil Nadu-based consultancy firm Astral Consultants' director CS Srivatsan, in connection with alleged irregularities in the import of heavy-duty Tatra trucks for the Indian Army, IANS quoted an official as saying.
Even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered cases of cheating and corruption, searches were conducted at the premises of the two -- Natarajan and Srivatsan -- in Bangalore and Coimbatore.
Astral Consultants claims to be specialists in management advisory system and information management, with BEML among its prominent clients along with many other famous brands in the country, according to the Deccan Chronicle newspaper.
The cases against the two have been registered under the Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act according to the Deccan Chronicle.
''It is alleged that the accused persons were parties to a criminal conspiracy to cheat BEML in the matter of award of different works relating to the implementation of Enterprises Resource Planning Project in BEML,'' the CBI said in a communiqué.
(Also see: Two Army ex-officers' houses raided over Tatra-BEML deal)