New Delhi: CBI on Friday said it would not probe
a corruption complaint forwarded by Army chief Gen V K Singh
against a serving Lieutenant General, saying an extensive
investigation by the Cabinet Secretariat has found nothing
into the allegations.
On Tuesday, Gen Singh had forwarded to CBI a complaint
letter from Trinamool MP Ambika Banerjee of May last year
which had alleged corruption in purchases for the Special
Frontier Force during the tenure of Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag
as its then Inspector General.
Gen Suhag now commands Dimapur-based 3 Corps and is in
line after Lt Gen Bikram Singh to be Army Chief.
CBI sources said since the issue had already been probed
by the Cabinet Secretariat last year and no wrong-doing was
found, there was no need for another probe by it.
The Special Frontier Force works under the Research and
Analysis Wing (RAW) which is controlled by the Cabinet
Naming several senior Army officers, the MP had alleged
kickbacks were paid in the deals relating to supply of crucial
equipment for the secret force ranging from night vision
devices to parachutes, the sources said.
CBI had approached the Cabinet Secretariat, which
controls the RAW, seeking to know if they had conducted a
probe into the allegations levelled by the MP, agency sources
They said the Cabinet Secretariat had informed them that
an extensive probe was conducted into the allegations levelled
by the MP last year but nothing was found.
Following the intimation of the Cabinet Secretariat, CBI
has returned the complaint saying if any new material is
brought out, it can probe but as far as this complaint is
concerned there was nothing to be probed.