Allegations of bribery and cheating against mining
contractor Thiess continue as Indian police renew their call on managing
director Bruce Munro to return to the country for questioning.
Media revealed three court-approved police summonses were issued to Munro,
which order him to go to India for interview at a police station, as well as
provide phone records and emails to investigators.
It has been alleged that Munro
cheated a former business partner, Syam Reddy, out of a $90 million dollar
subcontract after Reddy assisted with winning a multibillion dollar coal
processing infrastructure contract for a greenfield coal mine for NTPC at Pakri
Barwadih, in the state of Jharkand.
Last year the Indian chief of mining operations for Thiess
Raman Srikanth was arrested in relation to ongoing civil proceedings filed
by Roshni Developers Private Limited in Singapore, who filed a private petition
in a local court alleging that Thiess Minecs has resorted to criminal breach of
and cheating by violating an agreement dating back to 2010.
Indian police said Reddy had spent huge amounts of money to
back Thiess with bid support.
Munro was named as accused number two in the case.
Fairfax also showed there was evidence of inappropriate
payments of more than $1000 made monthly by Thiess to Indonesian Police and
army chiefs in exchange for security services at a Thiess mine in Melak.
Australian Federal Police are currently investigating parent
company Leighton Holdings over bribery allegations related to an oil pipeline
in Iraq, and are expected to deal with former Leighton executives involved
between 2009 and 2011.