CBI files closure report in 2006 Barak missile case

Giving relief to former defence minister George Fernandes, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday filed its closure report in the Rs 1150-crore Barak missile case.

The investigating agency filed the closure report after Israel, where these missiles were made, refused to cooperate with India in investigations.

Israel also refused to give details about IAI (Israel Aircraft Industries), the company which produces these missiles. In its reply to CBI’s Letter Rogatory, Israel denied making any payments to clinch the deal.

The closure report was filed a day after the government cleared proposal to acquire the Israeli-made missiles; the procurement was put on hold for the last five years because of the CBI investigation, which began after an expose by the Tehelka magazine alleging kickbacks in clearing the deal.
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