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Further probe by ED, IT likely

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Feb 12 � The government is mulling a probe by the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax department into the role of two Mauritius-based entities to identify their stakes in Devas Multimedia Pvt Ltd which executed the controversial S-band deal with the ISRO, reports PTI.

It is also contemplating investigation into activities of certain unknown government officials for their �collusive behaviour� and acts of omission and commission in extending undue favours to Devas at the government exchequer�s cost.

Highly-placed sources said that various irregularities have come to notice through the findings of high-level team, which went into the deal, and needed to be probed further.

They said the government is also contemplating asking the ED and the I-T to ascertain credentials of Columbia Capital Devas (Mauritius) Ltd and Telecom Devas (Mauritius) Ltd, which had major stakes in Devas.

�The government has received the probe report by the high-level team. There has been a recommendation by the team to probe the role of two Mauritius-based companies which had major stakes in Devas. ED and I-T department can be asked to look into the recommendations,� a source privy to the development said, requesting anonymity.

He, however, maintained that �no final decision has been taken in this regard�. Devas did not give any comment on an email query sent by PTI in this regard.

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Further probe by ED, IT likely

NEW DELHI, Feb 12 � The government is mulling a probe by the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax department into the role of two Mauritius-based entities to identify their stakes in Devas Multimedia Pvt Ltd which executed the controversial S-band deal with the ISRO, reports PTI.

It is also contemplating investigation into activities of certain unknown government officials for their �collusive behaviour� and acts of omission and commission in extending undue favours to Devas at the government exchequer�s cost.

Highly-placed sources said that various irregularities have come to notice through the findings of high-level team, which went into the deal, and needed to be probed further.

They said the government is also contemplating asking the ED and the I-T to ascertain credentials of Columbia Capital Devas (Mauritius) Ltd and Telecom Devas (Mauritius) Ltd, which had major stakes in Devas.

�The government has received the probe report by the high-level team. There has been a recommendation by the team to probe the role of two Mauritius-based companies which had major stakes in Devas. ED and I-T department can be asked to look into the recommendations,� a source privy to the development said, requesting anonymity.

He, however, maintained that �no final decision has been taken in this regard�. Devas did not give any comment on an email query sent by PTI in this regard.