CBI seeks more evidence,Army Chief out of Delhi

They want the Army Chief to help the CBI with any “documentary evidence” into the alleged bribe offer. The agency on Wednesday registered a preliminary enquiry into the bribe offer.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 13, 2012 12:22:56 am

The CBI on Thursday tried to contact Army Chief Gen V K Singh in connection with his Rs 14 crore bribe offer allegation but was told by his office that he was out of Delhi and was likely to return on Friday after which he would be able to help the investigators.

CBI officials said they were seeking the Army Chief’s help in order to ‘substantiate’ the charges leveled by him against Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh and Vectra group chief Ravi Rishi. They want the Army Chief to help the CBI with any “documentary evidence” into the alleged bribe offer. The agency on Wednesday registered a preliminary enquiry into the bribe offer.

The agency is also hopeful that the Army Chief would come out with more details on the nexus between the retired Lt Gen and Rishi. “Gen Singh’s testimony will be important as it might provide more leads…” said a senior officer.

The agency will also collect details regarding the meeting between Gen Singh and the Lt Gen. The preliminary enquiry alleges that Lt Gen Tejinder Singh had come to meet the Army Chief at his office and made an offer of Rs 14 crore bribe for clearing a tranche of over 600 sub-standard trucks. As per the complaint filed by Gen Singh,Tejinder claimed the bribe offer was being made on behalf of Rishi.

After the alleged bribe offer,Gen Singh became furious and asked Tejinder to be escorted out from his office,said sources. The agency also plans to question Tejinder Singh,who has denied the allegations,to record his version.

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