Bribery charge: CBI seeks clarifications from Army Chief

The CBI has sought clarifications from Army Chief Gen V K Singh regarding the bribery details levelled against Lt Gen Tejinder Singh

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 12, 2012 3:28 am

The CBI has sought clarifications from Army Chief Gen V K Singh regarding the bribery details levelled against Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh. A CBI team visited the Army Chief’s office on Thursday afternoon and held discussion with him for nearly two hours in connection with the Tatra truck deal. Sleuths from the agency were of the opinion that some more clarifications were required in connection with the bribery allegations.

The sources said the CBI also wanted clarity on the issue of delay on part of the Army Chief in approaching the agency as the incident had taken place at least one-and-a-half years back. It also sought the details of record of discussion which is part of the supportive evidence into the allegations. The Army Chief during his earlier meeting had told the CBI officials that he had recorded the conversation regarding the bribe offer in his diary.

The CBI has registered a Preliminary Enquiry against Tejinder Singh and Vectra group chief Ravinder Rishi on a complaint filed by the Army Chief in which he has alleged that the retired Army officer had offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore for clearing a ‘sub-standard’ consignment of Tatra trucks. This bribe offer was allegedly made at the behest of Rishi,Army Chief has alleged in his written complaint to CBI

The CBI had first recorded the statement of the Army Chief on April 20 during which it had sought to ascertain the circumstances that led to the offer of bribe to him by Tejinder Singh.

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