Tatra deal: Court to hear case against Tejinder Singh on Dec 6

A Delhi court Monday fixed December 6 for hearing a case in which CBI has chargesheeted Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh for allegedly offering Rs 14 crore bribe to then Army Chief Gen V K Singh for clearing Tatra vehicles file.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 20, 2014, 13:46 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court Monday fixed December 6 for hearing a case in which CBI has chargesheeted Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh for allegedly offering Rs 14 crore bribe to then Army Chief Gen V K Singh for clearing Tatra vehicles file.

Special CBI Judge Madhu Jain posted the matter for hearing on December 6 after the counsel appearing for Tejinder Singh moved a plea seeking documents related to the case which were filed by the agency along with its chargesheet.

The court on September 1 had dismissed the bail plea of Tejinder Singh after he had appeared before it in pursuance to the summon issued against him. He was send to jail under judicial custody.

He, however, was granted bail by the Delhi High Court on September 5.

CBI had filed a chargesheet against Tejinder alleging that he had offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore to then Chief of Army Staff (COAS) V K Singh for clearing the file pertaining to procurement of 1,676 heavy mobility Tatra vehicles.

The court had taken cognisance of the CBI's charge sheet on August 28 after relying upon statements of former defence minister A K Antony, V K Singh and other prosecution witnesses whose testimonies were recorded by the agency during probe.

The CBI in its chargesheet had alleged that in August-September 2010, the file pertaining to procurement of 1,676 Tatra vehicles was pending before V K Singh, who is now a Minister of State of External Affairs and Minister of State in-charge of Department of Northeast Region.

The then COAS was not convinced with the total projected requirement of the vehicles and it appeared to him that the requirement has been inflated, CBI had said, adding V K Singh had sought fresh opinion on the issue from different quarters.

In its chargesheet, CBI had alleged that Tejinder met V K Singh in his office in South Block on September 22, 2010, and during the meeting, he offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore to V K Singh for clearing the file of Tatra vehicles by first week of October.

V K Singh got infuriated and asked Tejinder to immediately leave his office and he, thereafter, intimated Antony about the incident of bribe being offered to him, CBI had said.

A case was lodged by CBI against Tejinder on October 19, 2012 following a complaint by V K Singh.