Army Chief confirms bribe offer to CBI

Army Chief General VK Singh replied to CBI confirming his allegation that he was offered a bribe.

New Delhi: Army Chief General VK Singh on Friday replied to CBI confirming his allegation that he was offered a bribe by a lobbyist to clear the supply of a tranche
of "sub-standard vehicle" for the force.

Singh, who had made the allegation in a media interview
that forced the Defence Minister to order a CBI inquiry, told
the agency in a letter today that there was a bribe offer from
a lobbyist but did not give details of the amount or the name
of the person who made the offer, CBI sources said.

In his letter to the CBI, Gen Singh who returned to the
Capital after two days said he would give further details
soon, they said.

The agency was waiting for a formal complaint from the
Army chief regarding details of alleged bribe offer to
initiate a formal probe into the matter referred to it by the Ministry
of Defence. CBI officers had met him on Monday evening once.

The agency had asked the Defence Ministry to make
available a complaint from Singh besides other details such as
list of witnesses and supporting documents after which it
would initiate its probe in the case, they said.

They said they have received a "reference" from
the Defence Ministry to probe the matter and it has been
processed as per the laid down procedure.

A preliminary enquiry or an FIR could be registered soon
after completion of the procedural requirements.

The Army Chief had claimed in media interviews that an
equipment lobbyist had offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore, a
matter which he had reported to Defence Minister AK Antony.

The Ministry had then recommended a CBI probe into the
allegation made by the Army chief.