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Sweden’s Scania admits ‘misconduct’ in India after contract-for-bribes report, Auto News, ET Auto

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STOCKHOLM: Scania paid out bribes to get bus contracts in India in 7 distinct states involving 2013 and 2016, according to an investigation by three media shops, including Swedish information channel SVT.

The Swedish truck and bus maker, a device underneath Volkswagen AG’s business automobile arm Traton SE, begun functions in India in 2007 and set up a production device in 2011.

An investigation begun by Scania in 2017 showed serious shortcomings by personnel including senior management, a Scania spokesman explained to Reuters when contacted for comment on the report.

“This misconduct incorporated alleged bribery, bribery by enterprise associates and misrepresentation,” he reported.

He reported Scania had because stopped selling metropolis buses on the Indian marketplace and the factory that was set up there had been closed down.

“We may have been a bit naive, but we actually went for it… we actually required to make it in India but underestimated the hazards,” CEO Henrik Henriksson explained to SVT.

Henriksson reported any wrongdoing in India had been committed by a handful of folks who had because still left the organization, and all involved enterprise associates had their contracts canceled.

The bribes ended up also provided to an unnamed Indian minister, according to the report by SVT, German broadcaster ZDF and India’s Confluence Media. An Indian govt consultant did not react to requests for comment outside the house enterprise hours.

Scania had also falsified truck styles by replacing chassis figures and license plates on trucks in get to offer them to an Indian mining organization in a offer worth close to a hundred million Swedish crowns ($11.8 million), according to the report.

The spokesman reported its investigation of wrongdoing had not involved the law enforcement.

“While the evidence is sufficient to establish breaches in compliance with Scania’s individual enterprise codes so that the organization can take intense action accordingly, the evidence is not robust plenty of to guide to prosecution,” the spokesman reported.

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