Centre asks UK govt for details of the bribery allegations by Alstom

By Accommodation Times News Services

DMRCCentral government is in talks with UK government to get the detailed information about the allegations that the British subsidiary of French rail transport equipment maker Alstom paid bribes to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to win signaling contracts here.

Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu has asked urban development secretary Shankar Aggarwal to write to the foreign secretary in pursuit of this matter. And will soon request the external affairs ministry to write to the Indian High Commission in London to approach the British Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to get relevant details about the bribe allegations.

The officials said, “Minister has ordered an inquiry and a detailed report on the allegations of the bribe. As we will get the necessary details from UK, we can set our house in order and fix responsibility. Presently we have sketchy details and that too through media reports.”

Britain’s SFO has alleged that Alstom paid around $8.5 million in bribes over a six-year period to win transport contracts in India, Poland and Tunisia. Alstom Network UK allegedly paid bribes to win infrastructure orders for Delhi Metro between 2000 and 2006.

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