Army Chief to handover bribe proof to CBI: Sources

Indian Army Chief Gen VK Singh, who triggered a Tsunami by claiming that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore by an equipment lobbyist, is in possession of proof to substantiate his claims.

Updated: Mar 27, 2012, 11:52 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Indian Army Chief Gen VK Singh, who triggered a Tsunami by claiming that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore by an equipment lobbyist, is in possession of proof to substantiate his claims.

Sources told Zee News that Singh would be handing over the proofs to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The premier investigating agency was handed over the case by Defence Minister AK Antony yesterday.

CBI sources have told a news agency that a preliminary inquiry could be started or an FIR registered soon after a written complaint is received and procedural requirements completed.

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

Defence Ministry sources have said the Army chief had
informed the Minister about the bribe offer "only verbally"
and no written information was provided.

They said since the information was not provided in
writing, no action was taken and now that the issue has
become public, a CBI probe has been ordered into it.

The Army chief has said the lobbyist offered him the
bribe in order to have a tranche of 600 sub-standard vehicles
of a particular make cleared for purchase.