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Army chief sends complaint to CBI on alleged bribery offer

Singh points at role of retired officer Tejinder Singh; Tejinder calls allegation 'ill-founded'.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: April 10, 2012 2:32:21 pm

Army Chief General V K Singh today sent his formal complaint to the CBI regarding an alleged 14 crore bribery offer made to him by a retired officer to clear the supply of a tranche of 600 vehicles.

CBI sources said the complaint was being examined.

Singh,who had made the allegation in a media interview that forced Defence Minister A K Antony to order a CBI inquiry,had alleged in a letter to the agency on March 30 that retired Lt General Tejinder Singh attempted to bribe him,sources said.

The agency had asked him to furnish a detailed complaint along with a possible witness list and other supporting documents so that they can proceed with the inquiry,they said.

Tejinder Singh has refuted the allegations and also filed a defamation case against the Army Chief and other officers.

A preliminary inquiry or an FIR on this can be registered after procedural requirements are completed,sources said.

The Army Chief had claimed in an interview that an equipment lobbyist offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore,a matter which he had reported to the Defence Minister.

The ministry had then recommended a CBI probe into his allegation.

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