Navy orders probe after bribery slur.THE NAVY has ordered an inquiry into the bribery allegations against its officers made in a letter by Meera Shankar, India's ambassador to the US, to the Prime Minister, defence minister A. K. Antony Arackaparambil Kurian Antony (Malayalam: അറക്കപ്പറമ്പില് കുര്യന് ആന്റ്റണി) said.
" I assure you the government will take it ( the allegations) seriously.
On the Navy's part, they have started investigations," Antony said at the Naval Senior Officers' Conference that began in the Capital on Thursday.
He said he had not seen the letter " as it was addressed to someone else" and added that allegations had been made not only against Navy officers but also against seven Indian government organisations. It is believed these include the Maharashtra State Electricity Board Maharashtra State Electricity Board is a state owned electricity regulation board operating within the state of Maharashtra in India. The MSEB was formed on June 20, 1960 under Section 5 of the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948. , Indian Railways Indian Railways (Hindi भारतीय रेल), abbreviated as IR, is a Department of the Government of India, under the Ministry of Railways, and is tasked with operating the rail network in India. and the Central Insecticides Board.
Shankar's May 12 letter, leaked to the media a month ago, had alleged that an agent of an US heating and air- conditioning firm, York International Corporation, had paid Rs 61 lakh lakh
(in India) 100 000, esp. referring to this sum of rupees [Hindi lākh]
Noun 1. lakh - the cardinal number that is the fifth power of ten
100000, hundred thousand as bribe to Navy officers between 2000 and 2006 for to bag over 200 orders.
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