The armed services place orders for troop comfort equipment, which covers various types of tents, battle suits for different weather conditions, combat footwear, sleeping bags, etc. In all, the OFB deals in procurement of 53 types of troop comfort equipment, as listed on its website. Already, several private players in the development of defence technology are being investigated.
Ghosh and four others, including an additional General Manager of Air India, were arrested by the CBI in Delhi and Kolkata on May 18.
Meanwhile, the CBI continued its raids and sleuths today recovered Rs 56 lakh in cash, 13,000 Euros and 47 gold coins from a bank locker in Ghosh’s name at the Salt Lake branch of Bank of India. Raids were also carried out on four other lockers — one more of the Bank of India, two of State Bank of India and one of Axis Bank — but nothing connected to the case was found in them, CBI sources said.
In raids conducted on May 18 in Kolkata, Rs 85 lakh in cash, $9,000, 155 pounds, 243 Euros and details of an account with a foreign bank were unearthed. Raids also revealed information of his houses in Pune and Kolkata, investment details in NSC worth nearly Rs 39 lakh, other deposits and gold jewellery worth over Rs 60 lakh. Nearly Rs 1 crore was recovered from the Delhi residences of Ghosh’s accomplice Ashish Bose.
In the beginning, both Ghosh and his accomplice Kanhai Lal Das were said to be cooperating with the investigation. Meanwhile, Bose and another “middleman” named Pradeep Rana, who were arrested in Delhi, were brought to the city and produced in the CBI court following which they were remanded in police custody. While Kajal and Lun — the wives of Ghosh and Bose, respectively — are also under the CBI scanner, they haven’t been questioned so far, sources said, adding both women have two joint accounts and lockers with the Oriental Bank of Commerce in Kolkata, which are being investigated.
The CBI’s Anti-Corruption Branch’s investigation into the case, which began a little over a week ago, has revealed that during his tenure of over two years as DG, OFB, Ghosh was operating through a network of go-betweens based in Delhi and Kolkata, and was charging a “commission” from ordnance factory suppliers in several major contracts.
Shri Ghosh was not only involved in corruption as Director General, but as Member/Additional Director General also he minted lot of money from the factories. He had lot his juniors who also minted money with him and shared the booty.They got the plum postings. All promotion/transfers inder hos regime should be scrutinise which will bring much more to lime light.