Concerns raised over business relationships and finances of Sudhir Choudhrie and his son Bhanu – from one of India’s most high-profile family.
When Sir John Rose stepped down as chief executive of Rolls-Royce in March 2011 the company had been transformed.
The so-called ‘Lion of Rolls-Royce’ had been in charge for 15 years and overseen the expansion of one of Britain’s best-known blue-chip companies into an engineering giant on the world stage.
The firm that had made engines for Spitfires during the second world war had become a £13bn leviathan.
Yet cracks in its carefully crafted corporate image were about to emerge.
Exactly how it started is still unclear but by December 2012 Rolls-Royce had put itself on red alert.
It acknowledged – somewhat opaquely – that it had a problem – and the Serious Fraud Office said it was investigating.
At first, the SFO focused on the company’s activities in the emerging markets of India and China – but the list of jurisdictions was to grow.
Before long the SFO declared it had opened a criminal investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption at Rolls-Royce.