Press release by
Advocate M. Radhakrishnan,
281 (Old No . 134)
Thambu Chetty Street
Chennai 600 001
email: lawtomorrow@yahoo.com

13 April 2013

PRESS RELEASE

A complaint had been sent on 11 April 2013 to the Joint Director, Central Bureau of Investigation, Chennai by Thiru.P.Pugalenthi, Advocate, Chennai to probe in to the irregularities in the supply of nuclear reactors and other components for the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) by Rosatom, Russia.

In the complaint it is stated that “Zio Podalsk, a subsidiary of Rosatom had been supplying raw materials for various nuclear power plants all over the world including KKNPP. About a couple of months ago, the Russian federal investigative agency viz. Federal Security Service or FSB, arrested one Sergei Shutov, Procurement Director of Zio Podolsk and one Dmitry Golubyov, Gene ral Director of ATOM-Industryia, another subsidiary of Rosatom for supplying substandard steel procured from Ukraine to various nuclear power plants. The Russian duo are charged with corruption, fraud and supplying cheap Ukranian steel blanks and steam generators in nuclear reactors built by Rosatom. Sergei Shutov had allegedly purchased low-grade steel for equipments in collusion with Zio Podolsk’s supplier ATOM-Industriya. The General Director of ATOM-industriya is charged with embezzlement by a Moscow Court and he is absconding at present. They are also charged with purchasing raw materials which are incompatible with contemporary safety standards for nuclear reactors.”

It is also stated in the complaint that ” Rosatom is the agency which supplied nuclear reactors to the KKNPP. In view of the fact that the top executives of the subsidiary organisations of Rosatom have already been charged with corruption, fraud and supplying cheap Ukranian steel blanks and steam generators in nuclear reactors built by Rosatom, there is every possibility that similar fraud could have been committed on the Government of India in collusion with the officials / technocrats / scientists of the Department of Atomic Energy and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and Nuclear Power Corporation of India”.

In the event of failure of the CBI to probe the irregularities immediately, Madras High Court will be approached for appropriate directions to the CBI.

M.Radhakrishnan
Counsel for P.Pugalenthi.

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