BSNL officials investigated over WiMAX fraud

27 Feb 2012

India’s Central Bureau of Information (CBI) has reportedly launched a fresh case against Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) officials, over irregularities in the awarding of a Leased Service Area (LSA) contract for deployment of WiMAX services. According to the CBI, the BSNL staff have been accused of abusing their positions to facilitate the award of the franchise for three LSAs to private firms Starnet Communications and Welcome Communications by intentionally withholding tender documents and diluting the eligibility conditions to accommodate the private company. They allegedly caused an estimated wrongful loss of approximately INR5.355 billion (USD107.4 million) to BSNL. The CBI made the announcement after discovering incriminating documents during searches of the homes of those involved.