‘Bribe offer’ tape handed over by V K Singh malfunctioning: CBI

The recording device handed over by him carrying purported conversation about the bribe offer made to him is malfunctioning.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 20, 2013 2:19 am

In what may derail probe into the Rs 14-crore bribe offer case registered on the complaint of former Army Chief V K Singh,the CBI said the recording device handed over by him carrying purported conversation about the bribe offer made to him is malfunctioning.

The case pertains to an alleged bribe offer made to Singh by a senior retired officer to clear a trance of 600 all terrain trucks for purchase. The CBI said it had handed over the tape containing the alleged conversation to forensic experts and analysis revealed that the tape was malfunctioning. The CBI had registered a case on October 19,2012 after carrying out preliminary enquiry for nearly six months. Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh was named by the CBI as an accused under Prevention of Corruption Act,as charges were levelled against him by Singh. He denied all charges and filed a defamation case against the former Chief.

The agency said despite trying various techniques,the forensic experts could not manage to retrieve data from the device,which was claimed to be an important piece of evidence by Singh in support of his complaint.

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