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India orders bribery probe into Rolls-Royce deal

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 $1.6 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.

India orders bribery probe into Rolls-Royce deal

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 $1.6 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.

Indian couple given life in jail for daughter's murder

A prosperous Indian dentist couple were sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for slitting the throats of their teenage daughter and domestic servant in a case that transfixed the nation. Rajesh and Nupur Talwar had been convicted on Monday of murdering Aarushi, 14, and Nepalese employee Hemraj Banjade at their home in an affluent New Delhi suburb in 2008, following a trial whose every detail was scrutinised by the media.

Top Indian investigator under fire for rape remark

By Sruthi Gottipati NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Rights campaigners on Wednesday demanded that the head of India's top investigation agency resign after he said during a panel discussion on sports ethics that "if you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it". Ranjit Sinha, director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which tackles corruption and other high-profile cases, apologized for the remark, but it was roundly criticized.

Amid corruption probe, India coal ministry loses files

India's opposition angrily denounced the government on Monday after the coal ministry admitted it had lost some files and was unable to turn them over to a high-profile corruption enquiry. The federal Central Bureau of Investigation is investigating how the coal ministry, which was headed by current Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from 2004-2009, allocated mining licences.

Indian mobile firm boss arrested on bribery charge

The founder of India's leading domestic mobile handset maker has been arrested and taken into custody over allegations that he bribed local civic officers, reports said Thursday. Five government officials were also arrested alongside Rajesh Agarwal, one of the founders of Micromax Informatics and co-owner. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said the officials were accused of "demanding and accepting" a bribe of three million rupees ($50,000) from Agarwal and a business associate, Manish Tuli.

India police agency says Wal-Mart violated investment rules

By Nandita Bose MUMBAI (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc <WMT.N> violated Indian rules governing foreign investment, the country's top police agency said in a letter to a member of parliament seen by Reuters. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said in the letter that according to its analysis, Wal-Mart's investment violated Reserve Bank of India guidelines and Foreign Exchange Management Act regulations.

Top court says Indian government meddled in graft investigation

By Annie Banerji and Frank Jack Daniel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court accused the government on Wednesday of interfering in a police investigation into the allocation of commercial coalfields, in a damning indictment of political control over India's top law enforcement agency. The finding was a new blow for a government battered by a seemingly unending series of corruption scandals, and overshadowed a rare election victory for the ruling party in the southern state of Karnataka.

India parliament adjourns early amid fresh scandals

India's parliament was forced to adjourn early Wednesday, stalling its economic reform drive, after the Congress-led government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was weighed down by fresh scandals. The government, rocked by repeated controversies, was put on the backfoot with two of its cabinet ministers embroiled in corruption probes. The controversies forced parliament to adjourn two days early as an emboldened opposition said it would refuse to allow any legislative debate unless the ministers resigned.

India govt slammed as 'most corrupt' since independence

India's opposition called the government the "most corrupt since independence" on Tuesday as a row over political interference in a police probe escalated in the Supreme Court. The top court rebuked the nominally independent Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for showing the government a report on its investigation into alleged corruption in coal mine allotments. Government lawyers had denied in court that the results of the probe into the scandal, which is being monitored by the Supreme Court, were shared with politicians before the judges.
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