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Mumbai-based firm blacklisted by US

November 01, 2007 17:23 IST

The US has banned a Mumbai-based firm and three persons associated with it from exporting to or from the country any dual-use or sensitive material and technology for 15 years.

Megatech Engineering & Services Pvt. Ltd. and three of its senior officials -- Ajay Ahuja, Ravi Shettigar and T K Mohan -- have been placed in the Denied Persons List of the Bureau of Industry and Security of the Department of Commerce and formally notified in the Federal Register.

The agency has alleged that all the four respondents exported equipment controlled under the Export Administration Regulations to a prohibited entity without the required licence.

In one of the charges, the BIS has alleged that they conspired between 2000 and 2001 to export equipment from the United States to the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, prohibited under the Regulations from receiving controlled items.

"In furtherance of the conspiracy, false documentation was submitted to a US exporter indicating that a party other than IGCAR was the ultimate consignee for these items," the notification in the Federal register says.

The company has been barred from directly or indirectly participating in any way in any transaction involving any commodity, software or technology exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to the Regulations.

The BIS has alleged that they intentionally evaded the export Regulations and made false statements to officials.

According to the notification, the restrictions will continue for a period of 15 years ending October 2022. When contacted, the officials of the Mumbai-based firm refused to comment. Ajay Ahuja said that he was not aware of the order.

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