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Government has nothing to hide in defence deals: Antony

New Delhi, Wed, 02 May 2012 NI Wire

Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony has clarified in parliament that there is nothing to hide and fear for the government in the Indian Army's purchase of all terrain heavy duty Tatra Trucks. He assured that strong action will be taken against the wrong doers in the corruption cases in defence deals.

Antony said when he was replying in a question in the Rajya Sabha. He said that government has nothing to hide and fear in the deal. C.B.I. is investigating the deal and certainly agency will complete its probe in the quick time.

Antony pointed out the fact that Tatra trucks were purchased on the basis of requirements projected by the Indian Army. Commenting on the blacklisting of defence firms he said that we are in difficult situation as several poewerful nations, defence firms and also Indian defence players want to win business here.

Defence Minister said that ministry has now decided to seek advice of the Central Vigilance Commission and the law ministry before going ahead with the ongoing projects. He admitted the facts that retired armed forces officers were working for defence firms soon after retirement.

(With inputs from IANS)

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