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India orders bribery probe into $2 billion Rolls-Royce deal

Published on Mar 3, 2014 9:49 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's defence ministry has ordered an investigation into the purchase of jet fighter engines from Britain's Rolls-Royce in a deal reportedly worth US$1.6 billion (S$2 billion), an official said Monday.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe allegations of kickbacks over the deal for Rolls-Royce to supply engines to state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) between 2007 and 2011, a defence ministry official told AFP.

"There was an internal vigilance report (conducted by HAL) that suggested there were discrepancies in the deal. The CBI will look into that," the official said on condition of anonymity.

The deal involved the purchase of engines for advanced fighter jets being developed by HAL as training aircraft for the Indian air force and navy.

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