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Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and Singapore Defense Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen at the joint statement on the occasion of the Shangri La Dialogue 2016 | Photo: Saurabh Joshi/StratPost

Here’s why the first India-Singapore defense industry joint working group held last May didn’t include Singapore’s biggest defense company.

The Singapore-based arms firm, which was earlier reported to have been blacklisted has questioned such a description of itself and has offered its books up scrutiny by Indian agencies.

The army chief, General Deepak Kapoor has indicated that the long-pending artillery guns procurement may be further delayed due to the ongoing investigations into the corruption scandal involving former Ordinance Factory Board Director General Sudipta Ghosh.

The Indian Ministry of Defense has blacklisted seven defense companies for alleged involvement in the deals tainted by corruption discovered with the arrest of the former Director General of Ordinance Factories, Sudipta Ghosh.