CBI probes email that falsely accused Pune firm of inking contract with Chinese company

NEW DELHI :The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has launched a probe into an alleged fraudulent email sent to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which falsely claimed that a Pune-based company had violated BIS norms by inking an agreement with a Chinese testing and certification entity.

The BIS is a government body for standardisation, marking and quality certification of goods and matters related to it. The firm in Pune is a BIS-recognised entity for electronic and IT products and on the basis of test reports issued by the facility, BIS awards registrations to products.

The email was sent to the director general of the BIS in January 2016 and was also marked to the minister and secretary of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, which has administrative control over the agency. It claimed that the Pune-based firm had ‘signed an agreement with a Guangzhou-based entity.’ The mail alleged that such a contract was in conflict of interest as well as in violation of the laboratory recognition scheme of the BIS, and would mean that the Pune entity was allotting preferential treatment to Chinese clients. The sender of the email also said that based on his earlier complaint, the BIS had derecognised a facility in Uttar Pradesh in the past.

The email even included an attachment of the “contract” between the Pune company and the Guangzhou-based entity, which turned out to be fake. The fake agreement also contained forged seals and signatures from both parties, said sources