The government of India through its court of special Judge (PC ACT)-06 Patalia House, New Dehli in a diplomatic letter sent to Sierra Leone government exposes corruption excesses of Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB), Rokel Commercial and First International (FIB) on the Sierra Leone solar lights project.
Contents as in the letter revealed how the government of India has longed demanded for an investigation against concerned officials of the SLCB, FIB and Rokel Bank including number of public servants regarding their involvement on issues of corruption on the Solar Lights.
The project is worth US$25.30 million and it was a loan given to Sierra Leone by the government of India.
That outward remittances amounting to US$ 3, 760, 150 received in favour of GEO Continental Limited having account No. 1123335202 with FI Bank, Freetown from account No. 10324777134 of Angelique International Limited maintained at State Bank of India, New Dehli for the period from April 2010 to April 2015 regarding the purpose for which the remittances were received by GEO Continental and distribution of payoffs by owner Binta Jalloh made to authorities at pre-contract stage amount to US$ 77, 000.
D&S Associates Limited is alleged to have directly made payoffs amounting to US$20, 000 to various officials of Sierra Leone.
Officials of Rokel Commercial Bank and Sierra Leone Commercial Bank are accused of conspiring with others and are to be equally investigated regarding an amount totaling US$1, 327, 464 as outward remittances received from account No. 10324777134 of Angelique International Limited maintained at State Bank of India, paid to D&S Associates.
The government of India claimed that officials of Sierra Leone must be investigated for offences relating to criminal conspiracy, cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, criminal misconduct by public servant etc.
The leaked letter also alleges that the Enforcement Directorate, government of India, New Delhi under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) conducted searches on 28th January 2016, wherein incriminating documents were seized from the premises of Mr. M.P Gupta, director of Angelique International Limited.
These documents, the letter stated, contained entries of illegal payments of USD 97, 500 to various public authorities of Sierra Leone routed through Binta Jalloh of GEO Continental (SL) Limited and D&S Associates (SL) Limited respectively.
It is true the Indian government gave a loan of USD 25.30 million to Sierra Leone for the construction of Solar Street Lights, which over the years has seen the media and civil society accused the government of Sierra Leone of corruption intemperance in relation to the said project.
Offices of the Attorney General and Anti Corruption Commission are yet to comment on allegations of fraud of millions of United States dollars by various Sierra Leone officials in conspiracy with Banks in the country.