Published On: Fri, Jan 29th, 2021
India | ByIANS

Rogue arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari declared proclaimed offender

New Delhi: Accused arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari has been declared a proclaimed offender by a special CBI court in a money laundering case being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Bhandari is also being probed in Robert Vadra’s alleged London properties case

The Special Judge of the CBI court has issued the proclamation asking Sanjay Bhandari to appear before the court on February 15. The order said that Bhandari has been absconding or has concealed himself to be absconding from the warrant.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had filed a money laundering case against Bhandari in connection with the Samsung-ONGC deal during the UPA era.

Earlier, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had lodged an FIR naming Bhandari, Santech International FZC (UAE), Samsung Engineering Company Limited (South Korea), Foster Wheeler Energy Limited (the UK), Hong NamKoong, the then senior manager of Samsung, and unknown officials of ONGC as accused in the case.

The CBI in its FIR had said that Bhandari allegedly obtained $49,99,969 from SECL in the overseas bank account of his Dubai-based firm Santech International in order to induce unknown public servants to show alleged undue favour to the consortium of SECL in the award of contract of the DFCU project in Dahej, Gujarat.

The CBI said that it was further alleged that the said agreement was related to the consultancy services to be provided by Santech International FZC to SECL for obtaining the said contract.

Bhandari, who is wanted in India, was first raided by the Income Tax department in 2015. He was booked by the Delhi Police in an Official Secret Act (OSA) case. He fled India in October 2016.

In July last year, the CBI had registered a criminal case against unknown officials of the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Defence Ministry, Bhandari and officials of Switzerland-based plane maker Pilatus Aircraft Ltd on charges of alleged corruption in the Rs 2,985 crore deal of 75 basic air trainer aircraft for the IAF in 2009.

Bhandari is also being probed in Robert Vadra’s alleged London properties case.

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