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Pawar wonders why Army Chief`s bribe allegation ca

General VK Singh had claimed an equipment lobbyist had offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore to clear a procurement of `substandard` vehicles.



Nashik: Commenting on Army Chief General VK Singh`s allegation that he was offered a bribe, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Saturday asked why the incident was not brought to government`s notice earlier if it had taken place over a year and half ago.

"But now, even though it has been brought to the government`s notice so late, the Defence Ministry has ordered a CBI inquiry into the issue," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

General Singh had claimed an equipment lobbyist had offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore to clear a procurement of `substandard` vehicles.

On the media report about the movement of two Army units towards New Delhi in January, Pawar said "I had been the Defence Minister of the country. I know the Indian Army...Our armed forces can only think of marching on the enemy."

Asked about the CAG report indicting leading Maharashtra politicians for allegedly `grabbing` land at cheaper rates for educational institutions, Pawar said if such land remain unused for a long time or are being misused, government can take action against them.

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