Bribe row: Army Chief seeks more time from CBI

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 16:06

New Delhi: Army Chief Gen V K Singh has sought
a few more days to file his detailed complaint in connection
with the alleged bribe offer from a senior retired officer to
clear a tranche of nearly 600 "sub-standard" trucks.

Gen Singh, who has named retired Lt Gen Tejinder Singh as
the person who had allegedly made the offer, in his initial
complaint, has been asked by CBI officials to give a detailed
complaint about the issue.

The Army Chief has now written to CBI saying he requires
some more days to give a comprehensive complaint to the agency
about the incident, CBI sources said.

Gen Singh had claimed in media interviews that an
equipment lobbyist had offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore to
clear the tranche, a matter which he had reported to Defence
Minister A K Antony.

The ministry had then recommended a CBI probe into the
allegation.

The agency had started examining the complaint received
from Gen Singh on March 30 and may question Tejinder Singh in
connection with the case, they said.

Tejinder Singh has refuted the allegations. He has also
filed a defamation case against the Army Chief and other
officers.

CBI was waiting for a formal complaint from Gen Singh
regarding details of alleged bribe offer, to initiate a formal
probe into the matter referred to it by the Defence Ministry.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 16:06

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