Gen Singh sends written complaint to CBI on bribe offer

Gen Singh sends written complaint to CBI on bribe offer

Army chief was allegedly assured of Rs 14 cr for clearing a defence deal

Gen Singh sends written complaint to CBI on bribe offer
Army Chief General VK Singh was on Tuesday understood to have provided his written complaint to the Central Bureau of Investigation in the case concerning Rs 14 crore bribe being offered to him for clearing a sub-standard truck for the Army. 

However, it is yet unclear if the chief has named the person who allegedly offered him the bribe, retired officer Tejinder Singh, who has already filed a defamation suit against Gen Singh. The chief had earlier said a then serving officer had made the offer to clear the supply of a fleet of sub-standard vehicles to the force.

Gen Singh is said to have mentioned in the complaint that he had brought the matter to the knowledge of his "seniors" when the incident [of bribe offer] took place. He is said to have given a detailed account of the incident. The Army chief did not bring Tejinder Singh’s name when he made the charges of kickback, but defence minister A K Antony did so during his reply on the issue in Rajya Sabha last month. The Defence Minister also announced that he has asked the CBI to probe the case.

It is understood that the CBI would proceed cautiously in the case since it involved top officials and is likely to seek the opinion of attorney general before making further moves in the case. The chief talked of the bribe offer in a March 26 newspaper interview and has taken more than a fortnight to hand over the written complaint.According to CBI sources, a  preliminary enquiry or an FIR could be registered after the completion of the procedural requirements. The CBI kept the complaints under wraps marking it "highly sensitive and confidential."

After media reports emerged about the bugging of the Defence Minister’s office, the army issued a rare press release on March 5 claiming that Tejinder Singh had been offering bribes on behalf of truck manufacturer Tatra-Vectra. 

Tejinder Singh testifies before Delhi HC  

Embattled with allegations of involvement in shady defence deals, former Lieutenant General Tejinder Singh on Tuesday deposed before a Delhi court in a criminal defamation case against Army Chief General V K Singh and four others.

Recording his statement before Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar, Singh said the allegations levelled against him by Army Headquarters were absolutely false.

Tejinder Singh told the court that between March 3 and 5 this year, there were several media reports alleging that the Army chief had ordered “unlawful monitoring” of mobiles, particularly of South Block dignitaries.

Describing the March 5 release from the Army headquarters, Singh held that the charges against him were “false.”

“The allegation was that I had offered bribe on behalf of Tatra and Vectra Ltd, which supplies vehicles to BEML. This allegation is absolutely false, ill-founded and concocted and I deny the same,” Tejinder Singh said.

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