VW associate to be questioned by Indian agency

16th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

16 August 2005, NEW DELHI - India's Central Bureau of Investigation will question Ashok Jain, a key associate of former Volkswagen India representative Helmuth Schuster, to establish his role in the EUR 2 million Volkswagen corruption scandal.

16 August 2005

NEW DELHI - India's Central Bureau of Investigation will question Ashok Jain, a key associate of former Volkswagen India representative Helmuth Schuster, to establish his role in the EUR 2 million Volkswagen corruption scandal.

A designated court in Hyderabad, the capital of Southern Andhra Pradesh state remanded Jain Tuesday to 10 days in police custody, CBI sources said.

"We will interrogate Jain, a former VW chief advisor in India over the next 10 days as his statements are necessary for a comprehensive investigation in the case," a CBI officer said.

The CBI which has been probing the corruption, arrested Jain on August 11 after recovering a "large number of incriminating documents" in raids at his house and office.

The CBI has also conducted raids at the offices and residences of Schuster's other Indian associates, Bhuvanesh Chaturvedi and Jagadeesh Alaga Raja.

Schuster is accused of misleading Andhra Pradesh state by promising that Volkswagen would build a plant in the state if a payment of EUR 2 million was made.

Jain, Raja and Chaturvedi allegedly floated a dummy company 'Vashista Wahan' into which the money was transferred. CBI says the money was transferred to an account in the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank in New Delhi.

The three are named alongside Schuster in a case of cheating and criminal breach of trust opened by the CBI on August 3. The CBI got involved soon after VW's special envoy Frank Elbe, also a former German ambassador to India, visited the country and met Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Rajsekhara Reddy and senior officials.

DPA

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