The defence sector the world over struggles to find a balance between the secrecy linked to national security considerations and transparent oversight/accountability. Complex technical and commercial deal structures, exacerbated by high value stakes, make the procurement process susceptible to influence peddling and corruption.
The Indian defence sector is no stranger to corruption-related procurement controversies. Corruption under Indian laws is benchmarked against the concept of "undue influence", which is interpreted widely and includes both monetary and non-monetary bribes/influence.
The Indian government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against bribery, and any allegation will attract investigations against the accused.
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