Embraer aircraft deal: Probe finds $5.5mn paid to middleman
Till now eight countries who had agreed to Embraer deals have come under scanner.? Photograph: (Getty)
India's central bureau of investigation (CBI) on Wednesday claimed Embraer paid $5.5 million to a middleman for the purchase of three EMB-145 Embraer airplanes.
"The CBI is now contacting some foreign enforcement agencies to ascertain details of the payment," a CBI source said.
India's defence minister had ordered an investigation into the deals, following corruption allegations, Reuters reported.
Embraer has been under scrutiny since 2010 by the US, when a deal with Dominican Republic raised red flags, a Brazilian newspaper had reported.
Till now eight countries, who had agreed to carry out deals with the company, have come under scanner, according to media reports.
India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had made the deal worth USD 208 million.
(WION with inputs from Reuters)