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Updated: October 21, 2012 00:21 IST

CBI books Tejinder Singh for bribe offer, searches his premises

Devesh K. Pandey
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Retd Lt. General Tejinder Singh talks to the media at Patiala House Court, in New Delhi. File photo
PTI Retd Lt. General Tejinder Singh talks to the media at Patiala House Court, in New Delhi. File photo

Several days before he met V.K. Singh, Army chief initiated enquiry into vehicle needs

Lieutenant General (retired) Tejinder Singh has been booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation for allegedly offering a bribe to the then Army chief V. K. Singh on behalf of a private supplier in 2010 for clearance of a proposal for procurement of 1,676 high mobility Tatra vehicles. Searches were conducted at seven places in Delhi and Mumbai on Saturday.

The CBI registered the case against him under Section 12 (abetment) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, about six months after a preliminary enquiry was initiated into a complaint lodged by General V.K. Singh that he had been offered a bribe of Rs.14 crore to clear the pending proposal.

According to CBI sources, the enquiry was converted into a formal case after enough evidence corroborating his allegations was collated. “A probe into the movement of related files revealed that several days before Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh met General V.K. Singh on September 22, 2010 and allegedly offered a bribe to secure his approval, the Army chief had initiated an enquiry into the actual requirement of vehicles as he suspected that the proposed number [1,676] was an inflated figure,” said a CBI officer. The proposal for procurement on a “repeat order” basis had been made through the Master General of Ordnance’s Branch of the Army.

What triggered suspicion

Also in view of the recommendation for further procurements through the “multivendor route,” the sources said, the then Army chief carefully examined the matter. CBI investigations revealed that he sought reports from various formations on actual requirements, “which turned out to be much below the proposed number of vehicles to be purchased — just a few hundreds.”

This caused suspicion in General V.K. Singh’s mind and days later, the bribe offer was allegedly made to him. “This confirmed his suspicion and he finally decided not to approve the proposal,” said another officer.

Vectra chairman Ravi Rishi, who was also a director in Tatra Sipox U.K. that supplied the all-terrain vehicles to BEML for further supply to the Army, has also been named in the case. Agency sources said he would be examined by the CBI to ascertain his role in the alleged bribe offer. The CBI investigations have also indicated the role of a couple of businessmen who acted as middlemen on behalf of the supplier.

Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh, who had filed a defamation case against the former Army chief, was on Saturday quizzed by the CBI. He denied his involvement in the matter. The agency conducted searches on his premises, besides that of Vectra and its officials in Mumbai and Noida.

Mr. Rishi is an accused in another case of alleged irregularities in supply of the all-terrain Tatra trucks to the Army through BEML.

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This is reply to the post by Mr. Gajanan. When there is corruption all around how can we expect the persons in the military to be free from corruption Politicians and officials are minting money by corruption and they are the ones setting the example.

from:  krishna
Posted on: Oct 21, 2012 at 21:07 IST

Corruption is such a common phenomenon in India that it goes unchallenged. That
is has reached such high levels is sad. One of the reasons why fighting corruption is
tough is that common man is used to it and believes in it. Every police verification
costs money . Every passport costs paying extra money. Army was always corrupt.
Govt has never tried to clean up corruption so far.

from:  narasimhan
Posted on: Oct 20, 2012 at 14:45 IST

Can this be called a Raid ?? It is effected after so many months, and does the defender not have enough time to clear the evidences ?? It is shameful .....

from:  Mahendra D Kamdar
Posted on: Oct 20, 2012 at 14:18 IST

What hell is going on as all system is mired in corruption. How can
Armyman like Lt. General be involved in such practices? It is
complete degradation of morality and which is very dangerous for
army and country even than enemy. Strong Army is raised on morality
and nationalism. If such high ranking officers of army are involved
in corruption where is ray of light for common man. Recently three
major scam related to high ranking armyman came into light ie
Adarsh scam, Sukna land scam and NDA staff recruitment scam.

from:  GAJANAN
Posted on: Oct 20, 2012 at 13:48 IST
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