Tejinder Singh named in Army Chief’s complaint

According to sources, General VK Singh in his letter sent to the CBI said that Lt General (retired) Tejinder Singh had made the bribe offer to him.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: A day after General VK Singh informed in writing to the CBI that he was offered a bribe by a lobbyist to clear the supply of a tranche of "sub-standard vehicle" for the force, it emerged on Saturday that the Army Chief has indeed named Lt General (retired) Tejinder Singh as the man involved.

According to highly-placed sources, Gen Singh in his letter sent to the CBI yesterday said that Tejinder Singh had made the bribe offer to him.

However, the Army Chief did not mention the amount he was offered to clear the purchase.

Earlier, in interviews given to media outlets Gen Singh had said that he was offered Rs 14 crores.

Gen Singh’s allegations had forced the Defence Minister to order a CBI inquiry into the matter.

In his letter to the CBI, Gen Singh said he would give further details soon, sources 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.