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Tejinder questioned,denies bribe offer,Vectra link

Sources said Tejinder was asked about the reason of his visit to the Army Chief’s office on September 22,2010 when the alleged bribe offer was made to Gen Singh.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published: May 3, 2012 3:44:28 am

Probing the bribery allegation made by Army Chief Gen V K Singh,the CBI on Wednesday questioned Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh. Sources said Tejinder,who denied the allegation,was questioned at the CBI headquarters for more than four hours during which he was also asked about his association with the Tatra trucks deal and Vectra group chief Ravi Rishi.

Sources said Tejinder was asked about the reason of his visit to the Army Chief’s office on September 22,2010 when the alleged bribe offer was made to Gen Singh. Tejinder reportedly told the CBI that he had gone to meet the Army Chief in connection with his appointment as NTRO chief which finally took place on April 2011.

He denied making any bribe offer and claimed that there was no talk of bribe. He also produced the details of call records during which he had sought a prior appointment from the Army Chief. He is also learnt to have denied any association with Ravi Rishi and Vectra group.

The retired Lt Gen reportedly said the meeting with the Army Chief was ‘cordial’ and described it as ‘personal’. He said the Army Chief never asked him to ‘leave’ or ‘get out’ of his room. The Army Chief,in his complaint to CBI,had said that he asked Tejinder to leave his office after he allegedly made the Rs 14 crore bribe offer. He had said Tejinder made the offer on behalf of Ravi Rishi.

Rishi and his company,Vectra,have denied any wrongdoing.

Sources said Tejinder was also questioned on his association with retired Army officers who were currently employed by Vectra group.

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