The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) chief S Christopher on Monday met Defence Minister of India Manohar Parrikar over the Embraer aircraft deal and briefed him about the current situation, stated the sources of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
DRDO has written to the Brazilian company Embraer asking for details on a report in the Brazilian media that back in 2008, it had employed an agent to sell three EMB 145 aircraft’s to the DRDO.
In a letter sent to the Embraer on Saturday, the DRDO has given the company a period of 15 days to explain, with all details, the telecasted news report, which was apparently based on investigations by the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office in Brazil.
Yesterday the Ministry of Defence assured that if the reports display a criminal nature then it will be handed to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Speaking to the media, Parrikar said that he has asked the DRDO to submit a report of the matter on Monday, and only after that he will make a concrete statement.
A joint US-Brazil investigation into the Embraer has uncovered a bribery case which enfolds a deal signed between the company and the DRDO in 2008 for three aircraft equipped with indigenous radars for AEW&C (airborne early warning and control systems).
The company has been under scanner of the United States Justice Department since 2010 after a contract with the Dominican Republic raised suspicions.