CBI files case against arms dealer

CBI files case against arms dealer


The CBI has registered a case against unknown officials of the Indian Air Force, defence ministry and arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari for alleged corruption in procurement of 75 Pilatus basic trainer aircraft in 2009, officials said.

Bhandari , according to some sources,  is an associate of Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of the Congress chief, Mr.  Rahul Gandhi.The CBI also carried out searches at Bhandari's  residence and office  in connection with the deal, officials said.The Switzerland-based Pilatus Aircraft Ltd has also been named as an accused in the case regarding irregularities and bribe of Rs 339 crore in the procurement, the agency said.

Just before the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had alleged that Mr. Gandhi and his sister, Ms.  Priyanka Gandhi, were both involved in illegal land deals. They also said that Vadra was a mask for Mr. Gandhi  and tried to draw a connection between Vadra and Bhandari.