New Delhi: Lt Gen (retd)Tejinder Singh, who is alleged to be the person who approached Army Chief General VK Singh with Rs 14 crore bribe offer, has denied any involvement.
Speaking to a news channel, Singh - the former head of the Director General of Defence Intelligence Agency (DGDIA) – said he did not approach the Army Chief with the offer of bribe as claimed by some media reports.
He further said that he has commenced legal action against concerned persons in the case.
Importantly, Singh has also been accused of masterminding the recent ‘fabricated’ snooping scandal.
The Army too had accused the ex-DGDIA chief of "spreading stories" that Gen VK Singh was spying on Defence Minister AK Antony and other top officials.
Moreover, Tejinder Singh was earlier also accused of trying to influence the Army Chief last year to help clear the purchase of 100 imported Tatra trucks to be used by the military.
The Army Chief had in an interview to a leading daily, published today, alleged that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore by an equipment lobbyist.
The lobbyist was ready to bribe, Gen Singh said, if he approved the acquisition of 600 sub-standard vehicles of a particular make.
“Just imagine, one of these men had the gumption to walk up to me and tell me that if I cleared the tranche, he would give me Rs 14 crore. He was offering a bribe to me, to the Army Chief. He told me that people had taken money before me and they will take money after me,” Gen Singh told the newspaper.
Defence Minister AK Antony has already ordered a CBI probe into the allegations.
Describing the allegations as "serious", Antony said, "We have to handle it."
The Defence Minister’s remarks came after the issue rocked both Houses of Parliament.
The minister is expected to make a statement in Parliament on the matter today, sources said.
Also, the government went into a huddle following the opposition’s offensive stance on the issue, with Union ministers Pranab Mukherjee, Pawan Bansal and V Narayanasamy holding a meeting over the sensational claims.