Bribery allegation: Army chief yet to file written complaint

Gen Singh had alleged he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore to clear a tranche of sub-standard trucks.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 10, 2012 3:38 am

More than a week after Army chief General V K Singh came forward to file a written complaint into the Rs 14-crore bribery allegations,the CBI is still awaiting a detailed complaint from him.

In his interview to The Hindu,Gen Singh had alleged that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore by a ‘lobbyist’ to clear a tranche of sub-standard Tatra trucks. The agency on Monday contacted the staff of the General as the time sought by the Army chief to provide a detailed account of the allegations expired.

This comes at a time when the Army chief is also facing a defamation suit filed by Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh before a Delhi court. The case is going to come up for evidence on Tuesday. The retired officer has accused the Army Chief and four other senior Army officers of criminal conspiracy to defame him. The Army Chief in his ‘terse’ complaint to CBI on March 30,2012,had named Tejinder Singh as the person who offered the bribe.

Sources in the agency said a detailed complaint from the Army chief would have bolstered their case but the charges could still be investigated. “The agency had filed an FIR into Tatra-BEML deal and it was for the same deal that the Army chief was offered a bribe. We are of the view that in the absence of a detailed complaint… he could be called as one of the ‘prime witness’…” said an official.

Meanwhile,the CBI on Monday examined three senior officials of BEML. They included the Finance and Vigilance heads of the BEML who were asked about different aspects by CBI officials to understand the nuances of the deal. The two were asked to provide the documents related to the Tatra-BEML deal and were asked about the change of ‘parties’ from Omnipol to ‘Vectra’.

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