Sweden’s Scania admits ‘misconduct’ in India after contract-for-bribes report

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An inner investigation at Scania into its Indian operations discovered proof of misconduct by workers together with senior administration, the Swedish bus and truck maker mentioned on Wednesday, including the people concerned had all left the corporate.

The information comes after three media retailers, together with Swedish information channel SVT, reported Scania paid bribes to win bus contracts in seven Indian states between 2013 and 2016.

A Scania spokesman mentioned the corporate, a part of Volkswagen AG’s industrial car arm Traton SE, began its inner investigation in 2017. The outcomes haven’t beforehand been disclosed.

“This misconduct included alleged bribery, bribery through business partners and misrepresentation,” he mentioned, with out giving additional particulars.

SVT’s allegations ministerns-dotters-brollop included that Scania delivered a specifically outfitted bus to an organization with connections to India’s Minister of Transport Nitin Gadkari that was supposed for his daughter’s marriage ceremony and was not totally paid for.

“Gadkari and his family members have absolutely nothing to do with the purchase or sale of the bus,” Gadkari’s workplace mentioned in an announcement.

“Since the entire episode of the Scania bus is an internal affair of the Swedish company, it will prudent for the media to wait for an official statement by Scania India which handled the matter,” it added.

The Scania spokesman mentioned the corporate had not offered a bus to Gadkari and declined to remark additional.

Scania CEO Henrik Henriksson instructed SVT the corporate had stopped promoting metropolis buses in India and had closed down its manufacturing facility there.

“We may have been a bit naive, but we really went for it … we really wanted to make it in India but underestimated the risks,” he was quoted as saying.

Henriksson mentioned any wrongdoing in India had been dedicated by just a few people who had since left the corporate, and all concerned enterprise companions had had their contracts canceled.

The Scania spokesman mentioned its investigation of wrongdoing had not concerned the police.

“While the evidence is sufficient to prove breaches in compliance with Scania’s own business codes so that the company can take severe action accordingly, the evidence is not strong enough to lead to prosecution,” the spokesman mentioned.

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