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Updated: March 26, 2012 02:39 IST

I was offered a bribe of Rs. 14 crore, says Army Chief

Vidya Subrahmaniam
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Army Chief General V.K. Singh: “Just imagine, one of these men had the gumption to walk up to me and tell me that if I cleared the tranche, he would give me Rs. 14 crore. He was offering a bribe to me, to the Army Chief” File photo
The Hindu Army Chief General V.K. Singh: “Just imagine, one of these men had the gumption to walk up to me and tell me that if I cleared the tranche, he would give me Rs. 14 crore. He was offering a bribe to me, to the Army Chief” File photo

‘The country will soon see the sutradhar of the date of birth drama’

The Army Chief, General V.K. Singh, has alleged that an equipment lobbyist offered him a bribe of Rs. 14 crore, which he reported to Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony.

In a recent interview to The Hindu, General Singh spoke on a variety of issues, including the controversy surrounding his date of birth and the “shocking” state of affairs in the Army which had allowed the Chief to be offered a bribe.

The General 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. He said the vehicles, 7,000 of which were already in use in the Army, had been sold over the years at exorbitant prices with no questions asked. He said there was no proper facility where they could be serviced and maintained and yet they continued to be sold to the Army: “Just imagine, one of these men had the gumption to walk up to me and tell me that if I cleared the tranche, he would give me Rs. 14 crore. He was offering a bribe to me, to the Army Chief. He told me that people had taken money before me and they will take money after me.”

The Army chief said the brazenness of the act shocked him out of his wits. “I was shocked. If somebody comes and tells you, you will get so much, what can you do?” He said the man had recently retired from the Army, indicating how deeply entrenched the problem was.

The General said he went straight to Mr. Antony and reported the matter. “I told him, if you think I'm a misfit, I will walk out.”

‘Standards have fallen’

Asked what had brought the Army to the state where the Chief could be offered a bribe, he said: “Obviously somewhere our standards of probity and integrity have fallen.”

According to General Singh, it was because he had cracked down on corruption that he was targeted on his date of birth: “But things are fast unravelling and you will soon see the hand behind the drama. You will soon see who the sutradhar of the play is.”

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The credit goes only to Mr A.K. Antony, our defence minister (Mr clean). If it was our former Aviation minister or Minister of communication and IT in his position, who knows may be the chief of army would have maintained silence and gained out of this deal before his retirement from the service.

from:  Ramu
Posted on: Apr 6, 2012 at 12:33 IST

Why doesn't the General tell the names of the persons involved straight up? What is stopping him? Why did he not file a police case - bribing a government official? Is he waiting for the ministers to tell him what to do or this is just another ploy to fool people. We know these things - what is new?

from:  Arvind Shukla
Posted on: Mar 29, 2012 at 20:17 IST

The casual nature with which the Army chief had disclosed over an interview  about the shocking episode of his having been approached with bribe inducements  by some one with "gumption" but whose name remain undisclosed for clinching a contract for supplying sub-standard vehicles to the Army despite the reported incident happened long ago and the reluctant launching of a CBI enquiry belatedly by  the  civil administration in such a  serious matter involving our soldiers' lives and the national honor at stake, leave a perfect setting for re-enacting Arthur Miller's noted play "All my sons".  The only difference is that Miller's protagonist Chris keller's  soldier son Larry mysteriously commits suicide , probably unable to bear the sense of shame living deep in his heart for the sin of supplying defective spare parts to America's Air force planes by his self-made but avaricious father, leaving many dead during action.The brazenness  but without the sense of shame  acts of corruption  are meticulously planned and executed in the country by those in the corridors of power are symptomatic of a culture inherited  from the colonial mindset - that of exploiting and plundering a society looking seemingly angry in the form of Anna Hazare led  anti- corruption movement but one which shrinks itself into its passive cocoon. Adding to the woes, political class with exception in minuscule and the growing sense of  avariciousness of the corporate sector in its only interest in bloating its under belly form a perfect setting  to strengthen the contemporary milieu of corruption culture.  But the "tragic " in the contemporary drama of democracy in the country is that all signs of sound and fury  on every issue involving corruption concerning  the handling of national resources  die natural death  if the judiciary does not display it's pro-active role. An electronic media seemingly vociferous in its expose of corruption in the country ends it's job by fielding arm-chair experts late into the nights more so to make known their extraordinary brains  than carry forward their fight against corruption and to earn a hike in their TRP.  Therefore, there is a compelling reason for the apex court of the country to initiate suo Motu  and  appropriate action in the matter for upholding the nation's prestige and honor and that of our 1.3 million strong Indian armed orces, even though the CBI has been hired to investigate.

from:  Chandran Dharmalingam
Posted on: Mar 29, 2012 at 08:07 IST

In most developed nations, 1% of the intelligent folks are ruling the 99% percent of average folks. In India 99% of intelligent folks are ruled by 1% of absolute scum of the earth.

from:  S.N.Rao
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 at 21:20 IST

Mr. VK Singh if you are right, Bharat Mata would be proud of you.

from:  Sachin
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 22:24 IST

I heard of the courage of Indian Army, now have a proof. These things
makes us feel proud and allows us to take some hard decisions for
country. Thank you sir for this strong step towards corruption. Proud to
be Indian.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 22:23 IST

And politicians are pretending that all is well and there is no need for a stronger Lokpal Bill. Corruption is eroding our country. All those who offer and accept bribes should be severely punished - starting from people at the top. Anna, we are with you.

from:  Parveen Sharma
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 18:36 IST

It is great that the Army chief has come out in the open to expose the nexus of the lobbyist. However it is strange that he being on the highest position didn't have authority to do anything about it when the incident occurred. I feel he should have taken strict action. Just by saying that he has informed Anthony doesn't mean anything. The revelation almost a year later is most probably going to be just masala for the Newspapers and opposition.

from:  Ajesh Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 16:22 IST

As general VK Singh has mentioned that lobbyist told him that "earlier people have taken money and people will take money after him". What does this mean? Here "people" refers to the most respected Army officers who become officers after clearing Service Selection Board's five days long Interview process.SSB'S have given great officers to India there is no doubt in that but ,those officers who are involved in ill deads of taking money,have also passed the SSb Interviews. This clearly shows that standards have fallen.Therefore there is need of having a check on such officers skipping from SSb's .They should be filtered at the Entry level itself so that the country would not face their ill deeds later.

from:  sorabh yadav
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 15:58 IST

It is great to hear of the corrept being exposed. But in our country every body is corrupt because every day either people give bribe or take bribe in almost every government office. The bribe money doesn't go to the person you give. The whole money they get in an office is divided according to the ratio of their salary. I think if the salary is good enough for a better living, the bribe taking may reduce.
The other side is that the work load in an office is much more than the capability of a person to finish on time. So inorder to get the things done with out delay public is tuned to give a bribe.

from:  Rosemary
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 10:09 IST

Now this time the respective General is taking undue benefit after the
losing case on his age matter. He is top official AND how can we expect
such kind of worst decision from him. He should report that matter at
the time of commission and not now. He seems to be selfish man as his
meant not fulfilled in the age case; he just wanted to pull the leg of
this Government. This is something immature and premeditated act of the
General. I totally discourage it.

from:  Shailendra Mishra
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 10:03 IST

Thanks to you Gen.Singh who have revealed the facts, though not out of the desire to clean the system but to take revenge against the army and the MoD for not allowing you to continue & to be part of this very corrupt system for one more year. I want to contradict your words "Obviously somewhere our standards of probity and integrity have fallen." It is not "somewhere". It is an all pervading corruption, pervaded in almost all the public offices, Govt depts and Ministries, in the nexus between the private business and public servants. It is not just of the pecuniary corruption. More alarming are the corruption in moral ethical standards and cultural life of the people, particularly those occupying the corridors of power. Enactment of a law, however strong it may be, will not put an end to these corruption and corrupt practices though we need such a one to put a check to corruption to some extent. The whole nation has to arise.

from:  Sumathi
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 09:36 IST

Why he Disclose this so Late ? Why he Does Not Arrest The Person as he have this Power ? It Definitely Prove that If he Doesn't Face The Interview in 'The Hindu', The Subject Would Not Come to the Light Which is Very Serious. Again This is Crucially Proved That The Central Government is not So Strong in Decision Making.

from:  Tapan Rajbongshi
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 09:14 IST

This is all a bit too thick. Why was this not reported or exposed before and why now after all these years. At least a discrete internal investigation could have been made. The general is a frustrated person having lost his battle of the age and date of birth. He has sufficient grudge against the government on that. This could be a cock & bull story to embarrass the government and defense minister. If the institution is so bad, why the general wanted to cling on to it for another year. Maybe today as an afterthought the general feels he missed a golden opportunity then. And the mob-mentality of average Indian is disgustingly obvious from the comments here. Everybody has started crying foul without a second thought.

from:  sarat
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 08:03 IST

The change has to come from People only then can people like Anna
Hazare 's tireless crusade against corruption have some meaning.
Corruption in Armed forces is nothing new, but this shocking incident
brings our Country to a new low.The whole system in India reeks of
corruption and everyone wants to become rich by looting public.This
started from the day our country was formed and slowly spread its
tentacles in all spheres of Govt.My Dad had a business supplying some
special chemicals to our Defense and the accounts/purchase wanted
bribes to get orders and release our payments as well. This was in
early 80's.So imagine how bad things will be now.With so much
corruption in our Armed forces, I will not be surprised if in the
future if China attacks India, we will be defeated and dealt a
crushing blow & and all our major cities will be completely
destroyed, but it will be a good thing because , only then we can make
a new beginning with good, honest leaders from the new generation.

from:  Jayaram
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 03:39 IST

People saying why did he not get the bribe giver arrested?
It is just quite impossible. There will not be any evidance. No third person would be present. Voice recordings/video recordings are not admissible in court. Even if a case is booked, the businessman gets away as he has more resources at his disposal and simply cannot win the case in given circumstances. This type of getting the bribe giver arrested happens only if the bribe giver is a common man and does nt have resources.
Here, the intention of the General in reporting the matter to Defence Minister is just to cleanse the system. Cleansing the system is more important than getting someone arrested.
Even a lower level government official knows nothing can be done by getting bribe giver arrested.
by taking this recourse to this arguement, people are just showing off their ignorance in practical things or just throwing the mud on the general's face.

from:  arun
Posted on: Mar 27, 2012 at 00:07 IST

I understand the company in question is a Defence PSU that imports
these vehicles at much higher prices than can be indigenously got from
a reputed private sector manufacturer. But the problem is the PSUs are
holy cows which facilitate unaccounted for funds to be siphoned off
into the kitty of the political parties. This is one of the reasons
why the unproductive defence PSUs shall never be dismantled. As for
the irrelevant insinuations at the outgoing Army Chief he has been
fighting corruption in the system since he was GOC-in-C and he has
done a great job by raising an alarm. He could not do more than having
reported the matter to his superior as per the services protocol.

from:  S R Ganguli
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 22:54 IST

Everyone is making the statement that corruption has gone to the root of every activity taking in place in INDIA..
But no one is ready to enter it and clean it..
Even I who am writing is not ready for the same..
"It is easy said than done" goes one proverb..
everyone is acqusing Mr. AK Anthony for this..
But he has joined the office few years back and corruption was there in the defense long before he joined..
I find no reason for him to resign and moreover I think General should come out with the name of the company and the person who tried to bribe him in public so that the organisation is under watch by the defense so that any company or govt. organistion avoids buying anything from them in future...

from:  Girish Nair
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 21:23 IST


Good work sir. Atleast you are trying to clean the system within it and
not like some people who think it is better to clean the syatem by
standing outside and critisizing.

from:  Sajith
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 21:17 IST

Hats off Mr. General for such a brave act. Feel sorry for the pathetic state of my motherland.As far as i know antony is non corrupt but as bjp said he is very bad in taking decision.what corruption has become like a malignant tumor in our system. first 90% of politicians are corrupt , criminals and rapist . it is a fact and naked truth, no point in abusing mr. anna for saying the truth.all parties in parlament were abusing anna for saying so, does it make any sense mr. so called parlamentarians. do u guys have any have any right for for saying we should respect u bundits and the parlament when it is packed with hooligans.first u made the system corrupt so the baboos, so the people. and talking about india going to be a super power? another scam to eat more money. may god save my country.

from:  suresh
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 21:02 IST

Hats off Mr. General for such a brave act. Feel sorry for the pathetic state of my motherland.As far as i know antony is non corrupt but as bjp said he is very bad in taking decision.what corruption has become like a malignant tumor in our system. first 90% of politicians are corrupt , criminals and rapist . it is a fact and naked truth, no point in abusing mr. anna for saying the truth.all parties in parlament were abusing anna for saying so, does it make any sense mr. so called parlamentarians. do u guys have any have any right for for saying we should respect u bundits and the parlament when it is packed with hooligans.first u made the system corrupt so the baboos, so the people. and talking about india going to be a super power? another scam to eat more money. may god save my country.

from:  suresh
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 21:02 IST

Really Sir!!! we are proud of you.. Don't you worry we are with you.
Let's weed out these corrupt officials!!!..

from:  sunil
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 20:58 IST

Kanishka Singh personal advisor to Rahul Gandhi is the man who offered
the bribe.

from:  kishor
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 20:25 IST

I think nothing is fishy here because whoever can offer 14 Crore can get
anything done with... can even get anyone killed... it's not so easy to
fight the crocodile when you are in the water... Making comments and
questioning is very easy... fight the corrupt system is really hard

from:  Sam
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 20:11 IST

Surprisingly Strong Man wants to discuss with the minister on a bribe offering. Being a citizen of having such high ranks should have straightway put plan of action rather than talking it on press.

If this is the case, think about normal ppl - how they will act against bribery.

from:  bobby
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 20:07 IST

This is what happens when chiefs of the armed forces are selected on the basis of seniority rather than merit. Mr. Anthony should immediately dismiss him for bringing disrepute to a great organization and conflating his personal battles.

from:  Sanjay
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 20:06 IST

This General was silent all these days when such a THING has happened in his chamber.Unless he was lured or in two minds,he would have acted immediately to arrest the person and report to the authorities.Now he has ground to bring up thse things,as he has only a few more days to don this seat,he will bring more of his frustrations and disappointments in the open.
It is a shame that this man will be placed in line with such stalwarts like Gen.Cariappa,FM Manekshaw,Gen.Thimayya and many other stalwarts.

from:  K.S.Menon
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 20:01 IST

The Chief of Army was approached by someone and offered bribe! Why he did not arrange his arrest /hold him right there and hand over to the vigilance or appropriate authorities? Why he did not give a written statement to Minister recommending action straightaway? May be it was a plan by an enemy country to destabilize the Army by selling inferior equipment that would breakdown in a war.
Now he has told about this why he is not saying who that person or company was?
Is the army chief working as an agent of someone to destabilize the Govt or even the country? You suddenly become honest and straight when your application for correction of your DOB was denied.
Who can be trusted in India. Corrupt thoughts and self serving acts is eating into the fabric of the nation. The people should become more and more watchful. Ethics in every profession and value based thoughts, words and action are urgently needed. Bharat Mata You have a soul It is time to act

from:  Kuriakose Varkey
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 19:21 IST

Whatever, now it is clear that this great man even failed to question
7,000 of which is already in use in the Army, that has been sold over
the years at exorbitant prices and take actions against it.

from:  Dinesh
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 18:33 IST

The most important news from the Army Chief's interview was his refusal
to send the Army to fight the Maoists. His stand that the Army should
not fight its own people and the reasons given by him reveals his ideals
and his greatness. Indian people should salute this courageous soldier
for saving the Army's prestige. Otherwise the great Indian Army would
have been reduced as a mercenary force in the hands of politicians and
bureaucrats.

from:  Elango
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 17:43 IST

This makes me sad .
Service class people and many other Indians pay tax on time and what we get in return "Corruption" . If this is the way public money is going to be handled then what is the fun is increasing the tax every year ????
We as a developing country must find a way to effectively utilize the money we have , the economic growth rate may not remain the same for ever :) .

Jaihind Jai Bharat maate .

from:  Akash
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 17:39 IST

Well spoken Sir, army personnel are treated as nothing but a useless junk who only gets some respect when he dies for the country in current system where Neta+Babu combination are the ruler-class. I want to say to those people who are questioning you that in India on the name of democracy army is deprived of the powers they should have. So stop questioning army chief and force the govt to give army some teeth to tackle these issues on their own and then you will get the dead body of the person who dares to bribe or influence any army officer.

from:  Maj. Sharma
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 17:39 IST

indian Corruption is 50%official and 50% politicians

from:  mani.k
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 17:30 IST

this shows purchase department of army personnel is not working well.
that's why the lobbyist is taking about past and present situation of
the department.so there is need of transparacy in the purchase
department and we should also like army chief v.k Singh attitude,he initiated.due to his initiation the corruption in the purchase
department can be reduced to some extent.

from:  prashant sachan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 17:16 IST

With a due respect to the Army Chief I want to ask him a question that sir, who stopped you to catch the fellow and put him behind the bars who dared to offer you a bribe? Do not you have power to arrest and punish such tout/ Do you require to take permission of Defence Minister to do so? Sir, if that was known to you that the 7000 vehilces supplied by a supplier were of poor standard had you taken any actions against them? If yes then please tell us and if not please explain us. Sir, even an Army Chief is a public serbvant. You too are answerable to we Indian citizens.You are not at all above the supremacy of the democracy. Sir, it seems that just to prove your self true in the case of your age controvercy you are crating a new controvercy.Sir, we trust you and belive that you are not at all a corrrupt officer. But, we expect a courage from you to stop corruption in Army as claimed by you.Sir, a soldier is a soldier on duty or after retirement.Would you take initiative to save India?

from:  GIRISH SHARMA
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 17:14 IST

You too!!!!!!

from:  narayan mk
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 17:06 IST

There is nothing new to it because we know corruption has penetrated into each cell,sub cell and nucleus of Indian society and the brokers proudly say as in Hindi Cenemas "Yahan har koi bikau hei khali kimat sahi hona chahiye".Look at the dareness of the lobbyist if he can offer bribe to the Army Chief then who cares about the politicians.We salute each and every Indian who stands against these elements and request them to build up a strong movement against corruption.

from:  Bijay
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 17:00 IST

I doubt your credibility!
Mr. Singh after you its not flood here mind it!
We will move forward, India will move forward and your intention behind this drama is very clear when you have left with only few days as chief of the army.
If you had an offer like that, it might be from an 'Insider Agent' and obviously subordinate to you too.
And you could have taken the action against him. Without showing any commitment to the country that time, why all these nonsense now?????????

from:  Abhilash Thomas
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 16:52 IST

One hopes that the General is telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But two issues: 1. Why didn't he mention the date of the episode? 2. Why is he making it a 'serial' story by witholding other facts such as the name of the 'sutradhar' and the name of the supplier Company? Something fishy there.

from:  Arvind Lavakare
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 16:37 IST

Yes , Gen V K Singh's disclosure is alarming but not surprising in today's India . What we have been witnessing over the past 3 years - the number of skeletons or scams falling out of this Govts cupboards; the no of constitutional positions like the CVC etc being undermined by this Govt ; the allegations made by this Govt against a clean CAG when he reported on CWG, 2G, KG basin gas , Air India's purchases etc; the regular killing of scribes and RTI activists ; - all point to one question - like the USA was under the Bush Administration,is this country ruled by a mafia too operating from behind this Govt ? And who in this Govt is the representative of the mafia is something we must guess .Apparently the reason for the army chiefs dob being made an issue to potentially expedite his retiremnet, now has an explantion too- somebody in this mafia wanted this clean Army Chief out of this position asap to make some dubious arms deals to the Indian army .

from:  RALPH PAUL
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 16:36 IST

The Army chief should also disclose where this incident took place
whether at his official residence,in the Office,In a 5 star or 7 star
hotel,in the aircraft while on journey or where.He should also disclose
if no one was around when this happened,even the security personnel.
Then he should say what immediate action he took in the capacity as the
Chief of Army staff, to nail the criminal offender.These are essential
information he should divulge for the people to know the truth.

from:  Raju Varghese
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 16:31 IST

If it's in China, the general could have facing firing squat

from:  Panirselvam Karumban
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 16:16 IST

he says very little thing and also only for fame and show he was such
a honest man. in army like every department corruption is running
deeply. recently i purchased a eagle thermoflask and saw the same in
my friends house who is serving in army and asked the price it would
be cheap. but for my shocking the price is more than my market
purchased flask. while talking he told me something about army canteen
system that some fast moving consumer goods they cannot be cheated.
but for electronic items there will be some branded companies will be
available and there we cannot demand our choice even they have such a
system to order as per their requirement they will not get it. the
items available are substandard qualities and for the consumer goods
the offer means free with the goods never reach the canteen as all of
them goes into someones pocket. these are all happening only with the
help of senior officers come to their canteen and there is no option.
and so and so.............

JAI HIND.

from:  k kavitha
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 16:10 IST

Every one is asking what prevented the Army Chief from saying this
earlier or filing an FIR..if you do not understand this, then you are
not living in this country.. star from what would have happened if he
would have filed a complaint or said this earlier...it would have died
in the cold storage box of another inquiry or Chief would have had
such tough time that you can not imagine. The Minister himself is a
clean person but the system all around is slogging and that is what
Army Chief is referring. Fighting corruption by being inside is not
that easy. Salute to General on this revelation.

from:  Sudhir
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 15:46 IST

There are always people ready to exploit, as much as army exploits their war victims. To maintain integrity, it needs to maintain in all walks of life and not just one area. Country is as strong as its weakest link.

Bravo to our Army chief for a. not taking the bribe, b. disclosing it and c. making it public.

I strongly believe that any change has to come from top and this story is a fine example.

from:  Sundeep Donthamshetty
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 15:17 IST

Gen V K Singh's disclosure is alarming. The politicians have not even left the Army and they have made them corrupt too. With such a mindset how will they defend the enemy. It is high time that the Armed Forces should be paid the highest salary to ensure that their attention is not diverted. The Purchases for the Armed Forces should be by not the bureaucrats but by the representatives of the Forces and their opinion should be the one which should prevail. The Middleman, if any, should be removed wherever they exist. It appears the country requires a thorough overall with a person like T N Seshan head the country for a while to stem the rot. Politicians should be sent packing for vanvas of atleast 10 years.

from:  jagannathan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 14:49 IST

Its an age old practice in Army. Corruption is an absolute feature of Indian army. thanks to the age row of army chief that why he is revealing some secret of Army. No department and not a single ministry of today's government is sacrosant. this is the grim reality of our country and we must fight against these corrupt practices.

from:  Arvind Kumar
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 14:44 IST

I hope all those elected representatives who made a ruckus in the Lok Sabha today against Anna Hazare read this interview. What do they have to say about the revelations?

from:  Venky
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 14:44 IST

At least it is out......... People know about this now!!!! Otherwise this would have been a kept secret................. Thanks General!!!!! we are proud of you.

from:  vijay
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 14:38 IST


Gen Singh's allegation, as of now, lacks credibility. He seems to want to remain in limelight giving serialized version of his story. That is to say, his allegation need not be correct. Otherwise, why doesn't he spill the beans openly, rather than the present constipated revelation. His DOB claims and the timing of the revelations are not on his side.

from:  Thomas George
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 14:35 IST

Another drama unfolds, another scam on verge of getting unearthed! Is it going to change anything? I seriously doubt. Common, poor Indians will continue to suffer as they have since several decades :-(
Politicians, beware!!! Once the threshold of tolerance by common Indian is crossed (not very far i believe), there will be mayhem. Hopefully, India will never be the same again......Amen

from:  P K Jakhar
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 14:33 IST

To clean the government from corruption we have to start from beginning of the chain of corruption. If proven, usually middlemen get the punishment for their role. But the companies and corporations who set up huge budget amounts for bribing escape. Any effort to clean the system should focus on this issue.

from:  Shamsuddin
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 14:20 IST

It is very simple. The major unethical fund to run a political party like Congress or who ever been the Prime Minister or Defence Minister of India, except a few, all other and their party or their family business in and out side India, grabbing money from such big budget allotted to the Ministry of Defence of India. PM or DM may be are good men for not taking bribe, but their job for restricting such practice is going in favour of their party and the big bosses of the party. They themselves admitted in public that they are not having their own capacity for the post but humbled to be their because of the kindness of their party bosses. However, Gen. VK Singh could have use his good office at that time to expose it after informing to DM AKA. Even now there is time in his hand, to do it in an exemplary way, for the sake of nation.

from:  Santanu Kumar Jena.
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 14:10 IST

Great if you want to clean up the system lift the lid properly on all defence contracts and where are the investigative journalist in India ? Are they sleeping on their jobs

from:  sayeda
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 14:03 IST

Army chief who has enormous powers and authority chooses to divulge to a Media person!! When and where did this event of offer of bribery take place take place. How long ago was this. What prevented the army chief retaking action or reporting to the Minister - When was the purchase of over 700 vehicles initiated and how many were purchased and over which time period? It is too early to come to any conclusion on this. What is the General's motive to disclose this at this time? Which other serving civil and or army officers involved in this? Who is the manufacturer of these 'sub-standard vehicles' - what has the Army done with this over the years? Has the General ore such stories to tell the Media? He has given enough gist to the TV stations and our politicians. Let us watch this.

from:  v.ram
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 14:02 IST

The Nation is grateful to Gen.V.K.Singh for bringing this to the notice of the public. The CBI probe ordered by Mr.A.K.Antony should be supervised by the Supreme Court of India otherwise I am afraid this will also vanish like Bofors issue.

from:  Balasubramanian A
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 13:58 IST

There are quite a few things that do not look good in your story. When the general came to know that a large number of substandard vehicles had been procured at standard price, it was his duty to immediately commence an investigation to determine the facts. Thereafter if the allegation was proved he should have handed over the case to the CBI. Regarding the offer of a bribe during a conversation, it is a very difficult matter to prove. Either you have prior information and you arrange to record the conversation and the offer of bribe or the CBI sets a trap which is a very clumsy affair. It is customary for retired generals and admirals to setup business as agents of arms and material suppliers. Steps must be taken to prevent this from happening. It would be appropriate if you put the entire interview that you had with the general on the paper rather than leave it to your readers to speculate.

from:  Hilary Pais
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 13:47 IST

Let's lobby for VK Singh as Presidential Candidate for fothcoming Selection.

from:  Shailendra Habib
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 13:43 IST

The army chief is such a simpleton! He doesn't seem to realize that
based on a conversation (which the other party will of course deny) no
action could be taken. He should have informed the police (and the
ministry) and laid a trap to snare the culprit.

from:  Raghusn
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 13:38 IST

well done sir you are sincere honest why not take a plunge and cleanse the system join politics start a political outfit. at this juncture country needs an honest person.

from:  Col ujjal paintal
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 13:36 IST

We should not be shocked, awed or surprised. What else we can expect from our leaders, when all of us who have voted for them have been taught that "money" is what all counts in the end. Our values have been eroded by the corrosive influence of money which in turn has happened because we have adopted a value system based on money and money alone. Gone are the days when someone was applauded or appreciated for his knowledge, chivalry or service spirit alone. Today, everyone is looting others in the guise of service. What we are seeing is the result of what we have sown. Unless we change our values, and our education system along with our aims, such things will only keep recurring. No amount of agitation can solve this problem. Its a inner problem, not a problem to be solved by acts of legislation passed in Parliament by incompetent and corrupt representatives.

from:  Sagar
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 13:30 IST

This is the story of eyeopening. We like your attitude towards nation.TRUST us there are so many of us from our place who appreciate you and we promise that we'll always be ur supporter.

from:  ksankaran
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 13:04 IST

Extremely distressing news, if it is real.

from:  Divya
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 13:03 IST

Where is this Country heading to?! Its so unfortunate that such sordid events belittling our glorious past continue to occur at such amazing regularity. Will the corrupt ever rise above its personal interests and not let any more ignominy befall on this beautiful nation.

from:  Bharathan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 13:02 IST

was he offered a bribe no one knows but i am sure he has been bribed now to issue such bizaare statements

from:  chandarchawla
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 13:02 IST

if this goes on ,INDIA is heading towards a civil war

from:  ajay
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:56 IST

Dear Sir, Its good to see that person of your stature is raising a blazing incident like this in public. But the main question still lies unanswered. Firstly, why didn't you brought up the issue when you were in service. That time you would have more power to deal with it. Secondly, why are you merging the age row and corruption issue together. Waiting for your answer again in 'PUBLIC'.

from:  Amit
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:52 IST

Most of the arms dealers based in Delhi are ex-Generals/Admirals/Marshals from armed forces. It is a fact ,as clear as day, that bribes , commissions form the backborn of every deal , especially in multi-billion deals as in Armed forces, where there is little transparency and everything is shrouded in the cloud of Country's safety and security. Army is as corrupt as the local Sub Registrar office, if not more. There may be some exceptions , but most of them taste the sugar pot, whenever there is a chance.

from:  Ullas
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:40 IST

Many readers are commenting that the army chief should have got him arrested when he tried to bribe.But,the fact is that the system in our country including judiciary is so bad that the army chief would have been put behind the bar instead.The audacity of the man to walk into the army chief's room and utter such words,indicates that big powers are behind him.We have to pray to god that our democracy should survive in spite of corrupt politicians and officials.No wonder even educated people are getting disillusioned and support Maoists.

from:  Dr Ganesh
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:30 IST

The question is not about disclosing this information late. It is about disclosing this information to the public before action on it was taken. I find it amazing that as the chief of the Army this man did not know what to do about somebody sitting in his room and trying to bribe him. He should have taken the necessary action to prosecute the man and set an example instead of complaining about it in public. I have lost all respect for this army chief of ours. Gen VK Singh should have taken the necessary steps and then the headline should have read "Man trying to bribe army chief arrested and booked under Prevention of Corruption Act".

from:  Shaik
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:29 IST

We the innocent people think that army is an organization which serves for the nation in a disciplined manner now it proved reciprocally. From the army chief's statement it's been disclosed even our army is corrupted. Mr. V. K. Singh could have dealt it in a different way rather than divulged it. Under this notorious congress regime wherever I turn up is dirty. "Almighty give us power to fight against corrupted politicians".

from:  Venkatesan M
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:28 IST

Just some numbers as food for thought. 600 hundred vehicles to be purchased. As it is not mentioned what/which kind of vehicles, assuming an average price of Rs 25 lakhs per vehicle, the total value comes to Rs 150 crore. Bribe offered is Rs 14 crore, which amounts to 9.33% of the total sale value. The bribe of Rs 14 crore is offered only to the General. So it will be fare to assume that more money will be offered down the value chain. Lets assume another Rs 10 crore for all put together apart from the General. Therefore the total percentage of bribe comes to 16% of the total value. If these companies can offer a bribe of 16% of the sale price, then how much profit are they making?

from:  Ritendra
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:19 IST

Gen, Singh who offered a Rajya Shaba seat to you,after your retirement,certainly,Congress Party might have not offered you,the cat is out of the bag.So Gen,Singh you know the briber for the last 5 to 6 years [atleast]who stopped you to take action against that briber and why you kept this secret for so many years.People won't believe you.This news may sensationalize and nothing would happen in the end.The Defence Minister correctly ordered for a CBI probe and the Nation will come to know the fact.

from:  V.Shanmuganathan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:18 IST

I wish general should have disclosed this thing much earlier WHY NOW? Only because his debacle in DOB plot and to earn symapthy for the same. He also mentioned poor quality vehicles still in use by Army. if we analyse we would found the parasite is deep into the vein . Though everybody tried to cover the injured part.

from:  Gaurav Pruthi
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:17 IST

I congratulate the General on his principled stand. In our system, this issue will be made a political one, and mud-slinging will start going back to NDA regime, and the core issue will be forgotten or deliberately miscarried. Gen. Singh must disclose the entire episode and see that the person concerned is put behind bar. If the Army continues with purchase of the tainted vehicles, it is clear that Antony himself is involved. God save the country!

from:  D.R.Shreesha
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:16 IST

why he didn'offer a cup of coffee & called for vigilence

from:  dilip das
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:15 IST

This is quite obviously a huge news and it speaks of the levels to which corruption has risen in the country. Ironically enough,We are all aware that corruption is present at almost all the levels of the political hierarchy but army was considered to be more or less corruption free, apart from the occasional bofors and coffin scam.This may seem funny but this is the least we had to maintain our faith in the system. If we go for a causal analysis of this scenario,I am sure we will end up at the economic policies followed by this government.Capitalism and corruption knock at your door at the same time.Personally, this is the final nail in the coffin. I have totally lost my faith in this system now.

from:  Arif Hayat Nairang
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:15 IST

Tax payers are taken for a ride in this country. It's high time Indian citizens should unite to liberate the country from the clutches of corrupt 'leaders'.

from:  A.Samshath
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:12 IST

I don't believe him. he lost respect in my eyes when he went to court seeking restoration of his actual DOB as a matter of prestige. he is extremely self centered person. he is trying to blot the govt but he is so ignorant that questions will be asked to him why he didn't file complaint about the bribe episode on very first hand. HE deserves to be interrogated for letting wrong things go uninterrupted and even trying to tarnish the image of erstwhile army chiefs

from:  Gaurav
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:10 IST

Even in the case of sub standard sale of vehicles this much bribe is there in the Army purchases , definitely much more stake will be there in arms purchases. However Bofors case was silently killed by giving flimsy reasons after two decades without taking any action. The General should have raised this long before . Of course we have to thank him for bringing this atleast now before his retirement. God save our country. Jai jawan Jai kisan

from:  suresh
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 12:07 IST

Mr.Singh, how could you keep silent and let the person who offered you a bribe go free when you have full evidence and the power to take action against such a person? You too are a corrupted officer like most of our politicians. You bring this to the public at a time when you want to pressurise the Govt.to get one more year in the office. How are you different from the corrupted politicians??????

from:  jinat joseph
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:55 IST

Rs.2.33 lakhs per vehicle offered to the chief as a bribe!!! Add other bribes and the actual cost of the vehicle (assuming its a cheap one since 7000 are already in the army) How much is the company actually planning to profit???

from:  Nishant
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:53 IST

As usual a lot of well meaning comments against corruption...but to what avail! We have been reduced to a nation of waiting for a messiah much akin to how the crowd awaits a hero in a movie to take on the villian. But alas this is not a movie but realpolitik. There are very few heroes and a vanishing tribe. Our form of governance has rendered us as pawns in the running of our nation.

from:  SP
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:51 IST

we are with you, general V.K singh...!!!

from:  Khan mohammad
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:51 IST

Even 1000000 Lakhs Anna Hazare cannot revive this country.It is not shocking because day in and day out we are hearing this.Just take example of a middle class family he gets an average salary of say 6 lakhs for that god only knows how much pain he/she has to go through.On the other hand we are talking of crores in bribes and we are the poorest country in the world

from:  jaggie
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:48 IST

Such a theatrical propaganda of honesty and integrity. He reacts as if all these years he never faced any corrupt official or he mean to say he has never been offered a bribe. Every one knows about the deep routed menace of corruption in system, and army has not been immune to it. What is this sudden "shock" he felt at being offered a bribe. The integrity of a institution which most of blindly trusted has taken a hit, the scams being exposed in army has literally taken the sheen away from this revered institution. It would be great if, Army chief take some bold step and punish the guilty involved in the scams that he is now aware of and restore faith back in Army!!!

from:  Ankesh
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:42 IST

There is no department without corruption in this country! It is shameful, Oh God you also can't save this country

from:  Bala
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:31 IST

It is quite pointless that Gen Singh has raised this point now when there are just 2 months left for his retirement. He should have got the person arrested and ordered an investigation into the supply of sub-standard vehicles and other equipment. He holds a very important post and nobody would have questioned his actions. Now it seems to be a result of 'date of birth' issue. The country would have been behind him and any politicians would not have dared to question his actions. Anyway, I sincerely hope he uses the time left in office to investigate this muck thoroughly so even when he demits office, nobody would dare to stop the enquiry process.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:28 IST

Dear Mr. Singh, I am surprised that you are feeling shocked at the guts of these people. Do they not walk up to your political bosses with the same gusto. Feel sorry for all the soldiers out their in the wilderness who are bravely saving the spineless buffoons in Delhi.

from:  Amit
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:27 IST

If the Army Chief had been offered Rs.14 crores, imagine how much must have gone to the kitty of the higher-ups in the government and the Congress Party. Now we can understand why the UPA government headed by the Congress Party did not want Gen V K Singh beyond May 2012. They would prefer a chief amenable to the ruling party and the government We would like to know what action the Defence Minister had taken since the Army Chief had reported the bribe offer to him. Was his party involved in the deal? The Congress Party has not yet learned any lesson since the bofors scandal which branded Rajiv Gandhi as the most corrupt Prime Minister of India. For another thousand years he would be remembered for his bofors scam.

from:  Chennaivaasi
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:25 IST

Shocking that our army chief was offered 14 Crores INR only,not 14,000 Crores.If it is right than it is really shameful.

from:  Shwet Kashyap
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:23 IST

Army is the ONLY holy institution left which has respect among the general public. Since this government has no backbone & is hell bent on transferring funds to Swiss accounts, people like Gen. Singh must come forward & protect the institution such as army. I also urge him to join hands with Mr. Hazare post retirement for betterment of our nation. Jai Hind!

from:  Uthappa
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:23 IST

Defence is the most corrupted department. I have some personal experiences with people involved in deals in defence. General V K Singh's revelations may be true but perhaps tinted with a feeling of vengeance.

from:  Dr. O. P. Sudrania
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:22 IST

We bribe our gods for gains To put an end to our pains We bribe those in offices elected So that we get duly selected We bribe as a way of living Pretending it is an act of giving Those now in positions of wealth Know theirs has been one of stealth For their growth is fueled by greed And that is how their gods decreed While that cancer of corruption pervades Good governance sadly eternally evades Towards moral leadership we can only hope As otherwise we are on a slippery slope Pray let us lance this corruption boil Through moral education and genuine toil

from:  Cheenu Srinivasan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:14 IST

Dear General, People of country have highest regard for Defence forces. Pl give clear information without hiding the name of lobbyist and company for which he was lobbying.I hope you are not playing politics.

from:  Suresh
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:12 IST

Now that the Army Chief is engaged in this controversy, the Govt would revert that he is making this issue big since he wants to hide the data of birth issue

from:  Ravisankar
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:11 IST

Mr. Chief you might be correct but now people will doubt you as you are disclosing it so late when you have an age row with the government.We recently heard the similar news wherein Anshuman mishra was alleging Murli manohar joshi when he was denied the rajya sabha ticket!!

from:  Andy
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:10 IST

To all questioning Mr. Singh. Yes, its probably other conflict which has made him come out but, on the other hand he has done what is required when he confront the corrupt act. He had report immediately to the defense minister (according to claim). Now, its defense ministry which should follow-up with actions. Guys what would you do if you get into this situation?.... lets say at your office? You lodge a complaint, then it depends on the organization seriousness on corruption which will dictate the follow-up action (or no action). Its not about one incident, its systematic 'chal tha hai' attitude towards corruption which has got us to this level, which is now in our culture & brazen people acting into our face..... stand up now... take it on! (or be a chal tha hai & stop complaining)

from:  samvj
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:09 IST

Please highlight such issues with enough publicity in your media to bring about positive changes in our society. Dear Mr.V.K.Singh, I am proud of you indeed!

from:  Sivakumar
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:08 IST

even the lobbyists reached to our army chief and offered a bribe,to a surprise the lobbyer was a ex-military official.where is our country going to,who are they working for everything must be taken into account and serious prosecutions must be given.

from:  ratheesh
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:06 IST

Terrorists don't have to risk their life coming to India and trying to destroy us. Such corrupt politicians and Lobbyists will destroy India - without even launching a single bomb. I am surprised at the risk our Jawans are taking in combating terrorists and enemies with such substandard equipments. More than 7000 substandard vehicles are in use - that means if there is a war, there is no chance that our jawans will survive. GOD please help India.

from:  Vinod V Menon
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:06 IST

Oh god! all along we all had been believing that the army Chief was just fighting for his retirement age. But the fact seems to be something else. And Defense minister A.K Antony, he acted like a gentlemen when ever media questioned him about army chiefs Age row. Does that mean Army chief had been battling alone with the corrupt politicians all along? Pathetic situation!

from:  Yogi
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:06 IST

92 mails in 7.30 hours. Still there are Indians against corruption. But look at our records of corruption; worst in the eyes of humanity. Indians are basically corrupt-This is the impression I got while in west. Army being corrupt is an open secret. We must curtail the budget for defence. We must review the defence projects going on without any time table. We must assess the wealth of all the defence employees. The findings will become a shame for this country.

from:  A.RAJAMOHAN
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:02 IST

Agreed there is a time and space for every revelation. it is not too late even now. what surprises me is that the general could have even arrested the person(s) who offered him bribe and brought them to book thro' army channels, if he has no faith in civil channels. but one wishes to know what the minister did and/or intends to do now at least, since even his name has been dragged in the matter. I think there should be a THOROUGH ENQUIRY IN THIS AND CLEAR THE AIR OF THE CORRUPTION POLLUTION.

from:  V.Sundaresan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 11:01 IST

Corruption is a highly contagious disease and our political class and bureaucrats are steeped in corruption.The court cases against the accused drags on for years with out any logical conclusion. There fore corruption has become a low risk occupation and now it has spread its tentacles over the armed forces.It is a sad state of affairs that as citizens we are by and large dishonest and things will improve only when we put our national interest above every thing else.

from:  Vasanthan.P.R
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:58 IST

Corruption in India is like Cancer. India is infected with it and inaction over last several decades has taken it into last stages. From her on, we can only manage it, never irradiate it. We can save our country from this menace only for few more years.

from:  Kedar Potnis
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:53 IST

The corruption has penetrated every chamber big or small, where decision making in involved. Instead of getting disheartened and losing hope by these issues, let's take up the challenge and fight against this cancer of corruption in our own way, come what may. Let's educate our children, let's not bribe, let's tell our neighbours, friends, relatives to resist to bribe. Let's build our nation from grassroots. Let's have faith and hope. "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark."

from:  Naresh N
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:54 IST

My dad worked in the factory that produced Shaktiman trucks for Indian army. Slowly the private players like Ashok Leyland (the company belonging to the tainted Hindujas of Bofors deal) and Tata creeped in. They somehow managed to grab the supply orders of army vehicles and killed the product line of Shaktiman trucks that are much sturdy and powerful compared to Ashok Leyland's Stallion trucks. I always knew how these contracts were given to Hindujas and Tatas, but in a country where even the Chief of army staff is helpless to stop corruption in the forces, how can my raising the voice could have helped! But yes, when Chief of Army staff has shown the courage of cracking down corruption, I will support him with full spirit.

from:  Pankaj
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:50 IST

He has done the right job. he has informed to the Defence minister.... Now it was the call of the Antony not the MR VK SINGH. What would happen if he had reported the same to CBI? CBI is the part of government and which would have not allowed the CBI to take any action.

from:  Manoj
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:49 IST

Rang de Basanti , That is the only solution to the malaise . Corruption is so deep rooted in the fabric of this country , people are ready to sell any thing including the nation for money . This UPA Govt. has proved to be the worst Govt. ever . MMS with Sonia is looting the wealth of this great nation. The General had informed the Defense Minister what did he do? nothing he is hand in glove of these agents , it is this reason that they wanted Gen V K Singh to be out . He was going after the crooks and the politicians . Look at what happened to Boffors to the German Submarine deal and so many other defense deals . We are a nation doomed unless the people raise and change the regime of these corrupt .

from:  Suresh Thakur
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:48 IST

This man is a great man. He had the gumption to stand against the government for what he thought was an injustice against him. He is honest and has fought against the status quo of corruption. It would have been very easy for him to accept the many crores that he was surely offered. We need more people like him in this country. The comes as another blow to the already beleaguered UPA government.

from:  Mietek
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:46 IST

While agreeing with all the comments above, I have a demand to make:
Defence minister Anthony must corroborate the story given by the Chief
of Army Staff, and if true, should name the person who tried to offer a
bribe to COAS, and take immediate action against him and his company.
That alone will either vindicate what General VK Singh is saying. If he
is not so truthful, that also will come out. Of all the ministers we
have, Anthony is one of the clean ones.

from:  Krishna Kumar Pillalamarri
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:45 IST

Even the Chief of Army staff finds himself weak in front of arms lobbyist. Even though laws exist to book the people who offer bribes, still Chief of Army staff is unable to initiate actions against them. Then jJust imagine the plight of common Indian citizen!!!! ... All corrupt people have occupied the top positions of power (namely President, PM, defense minister and others) In such situations if someone tries to be honest, one is haunted by corrupt government. I respect Gen V K Singh more now as he dared to speak up during his tenure. I wished if he had shot all of these lobbyist right away when they offered him bribe. This kind of quick action is needed because we all know that taking a legal step against these lobbyists is of no use to country.

from:  Pankaj
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:40 IST

It is common for retired top brasses to make startling revealings. But
here it seems that the General is somehow interested in stirring
controversy after controversy while still in service and power. If
such offer of bribe was made by a colleague, the General should have
warned/admonished him and initiated action against him apart from
reporting the situation to the Govt. If substandard vehicles had been
purchased by his predecessors then he should have ordered immediate
decommissioning such vehicles, legal action and blacklisting of the
company apart from taking action on the persons concerned. Without
taking/doing such actions he should not try to make public such
happenings and seek to create sensationalism or undue publicity.

from:  Prof. N. Gunachandran
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:38 IST

After hearing all these, what is wrong in doubting if politicians have got huge sum to approve and install a Nuclear Plant. Now whoever is opposing it is branded as anti-nationals and terrorist. Our people to easily fall prey to politician's campaign.

from:  Venki
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:37 IST

This corruption is plaguing every institution in India but Indian government is yet to wake up from its deep slumber. What a shame for the government that when a person stands to raise its voice against corruption his voice is crushed, be it Anna hazare or the Army Chief. Its high time that people should stand united against all these ill forces.

from:  Amy
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:37 IST

It is a tragedy that the Chief of the Army decided to turn a whistle blower. Army is an institution that has the noblest of tasks of protecting our motherland. If there is a compromise in purchase and procurement for the Army, then God save us. Thanks Chief, for not hiding the facts and coming out in the open. People might say it is a publicity gimmick, however we cannot forget that Corruption is a Dracula that can be slayed only when people like Mr.Singh come out in the open and we all decide to wage a war on it. Let us not forget that more than fighting territorial enemies, it is imperative that an immediate war is waged on corruption and ensure that it is uprooted without a trace.

from:  Chetan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:35 IST

Folks close your eyes and think about the number of MIGs and Mirages which have crashed in the last 3 years wonder if any more MIGs are left in our air force at all. Now think about Generals statement and what you all infer appears correct.

from:  Achuth M Baliga
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:29 IST

Army Chief is making fun of us. Had it been the case he would have highlighted the issue,blacklisting the vendor and terminating the officer in charge for procurements. When nothing is done from him it is a great fun to all of us. When he is about to retire he just wants to show us that he is clean hand. Encouraging corruption is also a punishment. Army Chief and Defence Minister must know this.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:17 IST

It is not new at all. Our government is ready to throw away the dedicated, non-corrupt and loyal citizens in the trash by pressing charges against them. We have been watching actions against Baba Ramdev,Anna Hazare, Kejariwal etc..from last few months which proves that government is no longer willing to take steps against corruption. And we are helpless. But not really...we will complain on the blogs like this but when it comes to bribing a policemen after breaking a red light or anything then we all will be like that person who tried to bribe army chief.It should be every citizen stepping up against corruption at the smallest level and believe me even if we stop it at the smallest level,it will have a great impact. Besides that, majority population of India has no sense of importance of their votes,we just vote for the party with which we have been connected for years irrespective of their integrity in leadership,so we should chose the right leader not the party ..Its a wake up call.

from:  Nik
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:14 IST

so many like you have been dumped for the same reason. Most of us are corrupt and immoral and that is the reason most corrupt are only getting elected.

from:  venkatesh
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:14 IST

Corruption always starts and cannot grow without the support from the top. It is another examp where even the chief of army is being offered bribe definitely knowing that someone even above the general is there to support him even if the general agree to his offer. The person saying that earlier people had taken money and people after him will also do shows the nexus of lower rung and people at the top who work in tandem and support each other in this system of corruption and favouritism where honest genarals like V.K.singh was humiliated by this nexus because he tried to clean the system from corruption which did not suit the exisiting and previous coterie of corrupt who cannot stand honest and dedicated officials like singh and instead want corrupt puppets to dance to the tunes and share the bounty of corruption and misuse the position to suit their interests.
An independent inquiry by a sitting Supreme court judge should be conducted on all such deals and such people shudbe jailed

from:  saad warsi
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:09 IST

Indians have to understand First what is democracy? Its a plain hypocrisy. It says common man is the ruler. Simple example will clear the understandings.
A common man to stand in election, first he have to pay more than 5 crores to the party to get ticket. Then after getting the ticket he have to spend more than another 5 crores for campaign. If he got elected, lets say, will he(you) let go the 10 crores without trace that is first issue.
Then think again is that mean the people with more than 10 crores can only rule India, isn't it clear hypocrisy. Wake up India. Lets stand in election for free. then change corruption.

from:  yuvan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:06 IST

Corruption has engrossed all organ of government. What is going on is apathetic in the grab of democratic compulsion. Congress would have thought that Gen VK sing's probity is obstacle in their business. If he denied such small deal to be executed, he would have denied huge bribe in Multinational trading of weapons which would have cost more to Ruling alliance. Ruling Party seem to manage 2014 loksabha election through bribe from defence deal thats why it highlighted issue of date of birth of Honest General. Honesty in India is going to be more fatal than any other thing. Political parties have become the corporate houses and want to stick to power by hook and crook. Defence deal is major source of such black money which can be used in elections.Now no indian is interested in attending the political rallies organised by leaders and which are managed by leaders by giving wages to listeners. Now time demanded that root out corruption first from politics.

from:  Atul Warhekar
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:06 IST

Since we never had any will power to tackle issues likes corruption and black money (to protect our own kin)India was divided, is divided and will always remain divided. This has been history of our country and all of us know it very well. If somebody can approach General V.K.Singh, its obvious that lobbyists would be having full access to the top-most hierarchy in the govt. I don't know, where this country is going!

from:  sanjay
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:03 IST

This is the achievement of congress govt... Army has also been corrupted now... no wonder this guy has gone through all this because he refuses to be part of corrupt moral less netas. We salute you Mr. Singh for your stand and you prove there are few good men still around.

from:  Dreamcatcher
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:03 IST

How many of us are unaware that to get in to Army or any other armed force one has to bribe the selectors ... . so called the honest people? They may be small in numbers but somewhere we need to ask this question. . and what we can expect from the same selectors or so selected candidates? BE HONEST at least to their MOTHER and Mother land!

from:  Anand Rao P
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 10:02 IST

I think it is important to find out why the General is speaking out now and not before - when as one of commentators said that he could have filed a criminal complaint. We need to get at the bottom of this and I think the Prime Minister needs to be involved in this investigation.

from:  Ramkishin Samat
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:58 IST

This is shocking indeed, but not a surprise news who have been following Dr Swamy would have known this. Dr Swamy had indicated that the IAF deal of $10 billion would go to the French company Rafale back in last Sept and the official deal was signed in Feb 2012. Also, Dr Swamy had said that the age row over Army Chief has something to do with this defense deal, as some vested parties want their man to be the top boss of Army to eat the defense contract pie.

from:  Shrinivas
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:57 IST

Worldwide, except for some exceptions, Defense and Military are the cusp of corruption and waste of any country's resources. Paradoxically, the art of using defense for growth stimulation is another area where its importance is apparent. Take USA, UK, Israel, Russia, and China etc. These are all countries where there is huge investment in defense and research and development thereof. While a portion of fruits from such R&D does benefit defense of the country the rest is used to sell killing machines to areas of conflict and also to areas where conflict results from free availability of these deadly toys of evil. Israel uses its technological prowess in this area to further apartheid and racism, occupation and 24hrx365 days of non-stop control of the occupied people even as its doors are kept open for the arrival of foreigners from all over the world as Jews into Israel. The growth of US technological prowess and its economy's vibrancy owes in a big proportion to the defence industry.

from:  Massoud
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:55 IST

I have doubts on this general. Why is he going public about these? He dont have internal redressal forums? In a country where ruling party paid bribes to get the support of MPs and PM was looking the other way, anything is possible.

from:  Ayyappa
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:53 IST

This is seemingly an outburst of a wounded soldier If the chief has been so patrotic and above baord, why did he not raise this scam so far;nearly 7000 nos ahve been supied and the army chief should have known about the quality ;if not this is mor srious It is ony when he he got exposed on the age row he is bringing it to public domain It is shocking that such a massive fraoud had escaped his attention so far

from:  subu
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:53 IST

Thanks Mr. Singh to take a stand, we need people like you to come out in open and make these nasty legislatures to get their act together. (Mr. Sibal & co. any counter arguments???) Its the perfect time for all honest citizens to put our weight behind strong anti-graft process.... hopefully lokpal will be just the beginning of anti-graft process and we need to have many other accountability laws which can route out corruption. Who will tie the bell to cat's neck? The cat will not tie on its own.... 'WE' the honest citizens have to force them to tie. Jai hind!

from:  samvj
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:48 IST

as long as corrupt people are at the helms of running this country, such things will happen. Common man is loosing hope on democracy day by day. Pranabda says if they had majority in the parliament, they could have done miracles. Yes, God saved this nation by not giving them majority; otherwise they would have sold everything to MNCs and left the law abiding citizen at the mercy of black-marketeers, goondas, rowdies, etc.

from:  nagasubramanian
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:47 IST

Not surprised any more.

from:  m.Boothalingam
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:46 IST

The efficacy of the weapons we have so far purchased and keeping them all in our armouries will be known only after a war is broken.If the present state of affairs is the condition of the Country,we will be defeated before we wage a war against our enemy.Greedy Politicians,Brave soldiers, Poor weapons. Jai Hind!

from:  KB.Sundram.Tamilnadu
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:40 IST

I am feeling lost by the statements made by the Army Chief..if there is an opportunity, Our crooked politicians will taint the mother's milk too.. For a society to move forward, politics/police must be free from corruption..but unfortunately these are the breeding grounds..

from:  Naveen
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:36 IST

This is one of the biggest reason for India being world's largest buyer of weapons !!! Sellers don't have any such ethics... Israel, US and most of the weapons suppliers are allowed to pay bribe (commission) to sell their arms, it is not considered unethical by them !!!

from:  Ved Prakash
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:32 IST

@Kumaram - Might be that guy is somebody of some guy top in congress, that he is untouchable.

from:  Prince
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:29 IST

I appreciate his coming forward like this, but I do not understand why these people play hide and seek and do not name the person straight away and let everyone know the truth. Let that person be known to public.

from:  AA
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:28 IST

If you wish to say that a 'sutradhar' was behind your alleged DOB issue, have you mentioned in the SLP? If not, then it may be a publicity grabbing tactic some officials do upon retirement!

from:  Vishal
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:24 IST

It is indeed nice that The Hindu has reported this piece of news. It is rare that an army chief turns whistleblower. I hope more will come forward and report such things. For the follies and foibles of leaders and army chiefs the foot soldier is the one who pays with his life. The tax payer has the right to know how deep the rot has entered into this system. If people don't demand and raise a hue and cry we will have more blatant corruption. We have to remember that people in the armed forces are susceptible to same temptations as the policeman on the beat.

from:  P.N.Shreeniwas
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:20 IST

The army is polluted as well.where is India heading?

from:  rishabh khare
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:12 IST

It shocks me beyond my limits of tolerance. It clearly means that-- Our past army chiefs have taken bribes. I see no hope for us Indians.

from:  Sharad
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:10 IST

These kind of acts from Government are really demotivate to the army officers who doesn't care to sacrifice their lives to the country. Hope we will come out of this soon.

from:  Kranthi
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:08 IST

after all in this case govt. seems no need a strong bill for india .. now shame all minister one person defeat in every time for those corrupt work..

from:  Trilok.s.richhariya
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:05 IST

The General is right - some of the high and 'bought and paid for' members of the current administration have been bribed to ink extremely lucrative defense deals with foreign regimes for economically unfeasible and very questionable defensive needs. The disastrous deals include purchase of billion dollar each AWACs planes which can detect small coins on the ground from miles up in the stratosphere but are no use against determined and crudely armed Naxalites and Maoists since the AWACs cannot be continuously flown or stationed permanently in orbit. What a travesty - a paper tiger superpower pursued aggressively by the top predators of the human jungle to blindly sign and buy second-hand and overvalued arms and ammunition supposedly to keep the fire ants of the region at bay.

from:  Bart Namboodhiri
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:04 IST

Dear Army Cheif, why cant you arrest the person and put him in jail rather than reporting the matter to antony?

from:  Kumaran
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:05 IST

It is surprising that no one is looking into the fact whether he could have entered the army if his date of birth was 1951. If he was offered a bribe why did he not report it to the ACB. Why is he making a statement now when all his avenues for an additional year is sealed. Since he had concealed a bribery offer he is party to it. He needs to be arrested and investigated.

from:  raghavan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:02 IST

If a general comes to know the vehicles is not of good quality, there is always scope to order recheck of all vehicles and take punitive action. Army was corrupt, is corrupt, will be corrupt. 30 years back when I was selected in SSB I was advised / reasoned against joining. Now I also advise against joining any services of military. So a good general would have acted in a professional way to get the quality , not pleaded inability to act.

from:  Ramadurai
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:01 IST

If the defence minister has already been apprised of the issue, why call a press conference and declare it to the world? Why couldn't the Army chief wait for the executive to act? Agreed such acts should not be hush-hushed, but the Army chief's open revelation would only add to the blemishes on our country's face.

from:  Vivek Chandran
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:00 IST

It's unfortunate to hear the current state of affairs in an institution that is widely respected for it's values, uprightness and rendering unmatched selfless service to the nation. But the dirt should be cleaned up, we cannot keep it untouched because it is dirt. People in the top echelons should take active and stringent action against the perpetrators of this cancer irrespective of their current positions, else the enemy is getting stronger within rather than outside of borders, for which we all have a price to pay if left untreated.

from:  Naresh N
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:00 IST

This is not a surprising news. The army chief is right about what is going on in the armed services. Even other defense organisations are not free of this malaise.

from:  sunit
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:52 IST

We as a nation have grown immune to this kind of news. Corruption does not shock us anymore. After the initial euphoria the Anna's anti-corruption movement is losing steam. When it was thought that Congress was fountainhead of corruption, we find the other national party, BJP is no better, manner by which mining robber barons manipulating Karnataka BJP is revealing. Crux of the problem is centered on the gigantic scale and heterogeneity of India. Time is ripe to seriously think of devolution powers to smallest administrative unit i.e. village Panchayats which in India exists only on paper. History indicates people who have lived in small units are happier, more peaceful, more creative and more prosperous and virtually all political and social problems would be greatly diminished by minimizing the aggregation of powers, returning to a patchwork of small, relatively powerless units where leaders are accessible to and responsive to the people.

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:50 IST

Very Shocking !!! We were thinking that Military is one establishment where corruption is not there...

from:  Sudhir
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:49 IST

The revealations by the outgoing COS really shocked me. The Army once considered itself an incorruptible force, highly nationalistic and unselfish. It now appears any weapons lobbyist can walk into the COS office and offer him a bribe. I have closely worked alongside Army officers during Op.Prakramam when the pride of the Indian Armed Forces roasted their ..... in the heat of the Thar, waiting for the signal to attack. But never did I come accross any Armed Forces officer or ORs involved in corrupt practices while in the field facing the enemy.

from:  H.Panicker
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:45 IST

Why did he not lodge a criminal complaint in writing ? What did he do to follow up the matter and expose and convict the man who openly offered the bribe to him. Seems to have done nothing. Shows a lack of moral courage.

from:  Krishna
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:44 IST

This is shocking yes , but we all know about this rot & where it starts .The cancer starts at the very top and spreads down . Our entire system of governance needs an overhaul and unless every citizen in the country participates & raises his voice this will not happen . Thank god we still have people like General V. K Singh , Vinod Rai-the CAG , Justice Kapadia- the Chief Justice ; Justice Katju - the Chairman of PCI etc . If citizens join hands with such people , the mafia ruling ruling this country in every segment of society can be defeated .

from:  RALPH PAUL
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:41 IST

This corruption has become so very deep rooted in the society that army men who are supposed to have much more integrity and disciple than the civilians have also fallen prey to GREED and selling themselves to these immoral and unscrupulous people, who may also belong to Army in past. But I give hats off to all people who stand up to the ideals in the times of temptation. And to Mr. Army Chief why did you not open up before your standoff with this corrupt govt.? Jai Hind !

from:  Naveen
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:40 IST

only God can save our country!!! This country is running just because of us common people who are paying our income tax.

from:  Zuber
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:35 IST

The MoD, by virtue of veil of secrecy, is the biggest money spinner for any ruling party because of the mind boggling finances it handles. Whilst the Armed Forces assess the technical suitability all other issues are handled by the Babus. However, technical suitability report is critical for the purchase. Bribes are slipped in to doctor the technical reports. What Gen VK Singh is stating cannot be wrong because his tough stand denies the ruling party of the tons of money that's conventionally due to them. His become a bete noire for the Govt. is more as a result of this and less to do with any other issue. Pliant Generals are the preferred lot. Unfortunately Gen VK Singh slipped through the net of the politico-bureaucrat nexus and has thus become a thorn in their flesh. God help the Armed Forces, God help India

from:  naren
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:30 IST

This news item will shock the whole nation. Defense Minister Mr. Antony is said to be absolutely honest and straight forward. He should clean up his department and establish total transparency in all buying decisions. He should probe the allegations of the Army Chief and bring the guilty to books.

from:  Kousalya Murali
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:27 IST

What action was taken by the defense ministry against the person and the company offering bribe to the army chief?

from:  S. Vatsya
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:26 IST

Yes, Gen Singh is a very upright officer and naturally he will face problems with the corrupt officers once they know he cannot be bought over. Now in this case he has reported the matter to the defence minister, who himself is a very honest man shows that he follows the moral standards of the highest order. We only wish we get such men in Uniform to maintain the high standards of honesty and integrity as is always assumed from defence officers.

from:  sanjay
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:25 IST

Silence is gold. In every organisation in India, however great / centre of excellence etc.., there are murkier / darker things, which is not talked in public. As one served in top position, it is nice to quit without much talking. While in service no one feel the need to correct things and they were silent spectators and part and parcel of the system. Even eminent people are not exceptions. Till early seventies, things were little better. Great people were there - they felt proud about holding top positions and really were great. Dr.Sarabhai, Satish Dhawan, Dr.Brahma Prakash - such calibre of people where are they? Also at the time of retirement quitting gracefully is a good thing.

from:  Gopalan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:25 IST

If the Army chief had provided such a clear statement on the equipment supplier, did this UPA govt name and shame the equipment supplier. No, this sort of vendors will be protected and pampered at the detriments of army jawans and to fill up the bank a/cs of the corrupt ministers. Can the country improve under this govt?

from:  moh
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:20 IST

What a sorry state of affair! GOD only alone can save our country.

from:  A.SESHAGIRI
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:18 IST

I think this fellow has gone MAD and making use of Media to make all of us FOOLS. If he was really worth as a Chief for the Country's Army, he should have immediately cancelled all of the said Contract. He wants a cheap publicity by claiming system is wrong, What he did when he was the ARMY chief to clean up the Corrupt System.

from:  Ramesh Chennai
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:18 IST

First of all, Bofors corruption money stashed away must be brought back and the criminals punished. This would expose subsequent corruption scams and enormously help India to grow. I fully agree with General V. K. Singh regarding the Date of Birth (DOB) and the DOB as entered in the Matriculation certificate is the only authenticated document to be taken as proof. India should refrain from foreign blooded politicians and their supporters in governing for the good of the nation. Dharmo Rakshathi Rakshitaha. Let dharma prevail in India. India needs disciplined generals like V. K. Singh as valued politicians. Good Work General. God Bless India and You.

from:  N. K. DORAISWAMY
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:09 IST

Obviously the General is unaware of 'Tehelka' exposes during BJP-led NDA Govt.rule in 2001-02!Shoddy defence purchases;purchases of mis-fit boots, ammunition,even 'coffins to carry the bodies of gallant martyrs'caused a huge loss to the Govt.Then Defence Minister,George Fernandes' friend,MS Jaitley, got money from them in a sting operation right in the house of his residence!So this is no news to many of us!

from:  Nyayman
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:05 IST

"..and you will soon see the hand behind the drama"- I'm sure this people will never come out with truth and will disappear after retirement. Antony owns the responsibility to investigate the purchase of substandard vehicles and prevent such things happening in future. The culprits should be exposed and punished, immediately.

from:  Sasi
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:02 IST

Government needs qualified IAS and IPS officers to manage a district, need qualified BDOs and COs to manage a village or panchayat, need MBA to run a company or at least a graduate to become a simple clerk in a government office but there is no need of any qualification for a person to become MP or MLA . Unqualified and inexperienced politicians are managing IAS , IPS , Engineers, Doctors , qualified judges, Advocates ,Chartered Accountants and all educated and talented persons and professionals. Police verification is needed for recruitment of a clerk or an office in government offices but there is no need of the same for a person contesting an election. Even for a domestic servant ,it is suggested by government to inform his complete biodata to police station . Unfortunately persons accused of rape or loot or fraud or anti national activities are not prevented contesting an election. I therefore concur with Arvind Kejriwal that India needs to reform Parliamentary system.

from:  danendra jain
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 08:02 IST

may be a tip of the iceberg.its shocking and feel us ashamed of our corrupt system which has powers to reach upto the top army brass without any hindrance and walk out without any fears.Though offering bribe is a crime even an army chief in our country is helpless in front of this mighty corruption mafia,can we ever dream of a corruption free INDIA?!!!Truly pathetic

from:  prasad ps
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 07:55 IST

Well done sir,Go ahead full speed Mera Bharat Mahaan.Thank God

from:  Capt.James Joseph
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 07:53 IST

it is nice of Army Chief General VK Singh that he has exposed the person rather than just taking the bribe.

from:  reetu
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 07:44 IST

"somewhere our standards of probity and integrity have fallen" That somewhere is this Government which is notorious in mud sligning any person who exposes the true nature of its governance or the final beneficiaries of under the table deals. General V.K. Singh we Indians are with you. The Supreme Court or the PMO cannot bring down your stature.

from:  Suresh Kumar
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 07:42 IST

It is an open secret many of the defence personnel are not paragons of virtue and have no qualms in accepting bribes for passing tenders. If such is the moral fabric of those who are trained to protect the territorial integrity of the country one shudders at the fate of the country when confronted by enemies in times of war. Such personnel are the real enemies of the country. What was Anna Hazare doing while he was in the army? He certainly would have been aware of the deep rooted malaise of corruption eating the vitals of this country. Alas the army chief has spoken out too late. If he was interested in getting rid of the dangerous disease of corruption from the defence forces he should have been the crusader in the true spirit of a patriotic serving defence personnel. The entire country needs to introspect and strengthen the resolve not to accept bribes or favours and follow strictly the laid down laws. There is hope the young India would respond to the wake up call.

from:  R.Vijaykumar
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 07:42 IST

Every one knows how corrupt the purchase section of the army is. That is not new but why did the Chief not get the ex gen arrested ? He did not have had to go to Antony. What did Antony do after that ? It is better the General tells that too.

from:  P.Tauro
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 07:39 IST

Army chief would have got arrested the traitor or ordered soldiers to shoot that traitor.

from:  MSN
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 07:38 IST

If the Army Chief can do nothing else but be 'shocked out of his wits' then it is no wonder that he could be made the offer of a bribe? Sad to know that the Chief's personal pride...and arrogance?.. is the only victim of the above story. Good thing his DOB has remained unchanged. The timing of this revelation is also quite unmanly...Atleast the next incumbent will quickly do something about the vehicles "7,000 of which were already in use in the Army...there was no proper facility where they could be serviced and maintained "

from:  Joseph Joseph
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 07:38 IST

Gen. V.K Singh lost his credibility over the date of birth row. Need to think twice before listening to what he is saying.

from:  Nixon
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 07:28 IST

Every honest citizen of this country feels bad about the power that the Government has given to a Army Chief. If it had happened in a honest and powerful army controlled country, the arm agent dead body will be displayed as a lesson to others.

from:  ganesh
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 07:18 IST

Anna Hazare and the Common Man have now a live -High Power-case to back his/their demand for Strong Lok Pal.

from:  Kandasamy Koomarasamy
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 07:13 IST

Sad and Pathetic that the Chief of Staff needs the support of the Media to tackle these issues. If even the Chief is powerless. God help Mother India.

from:  ajay
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 06:56 IST

No doubt it is shocking but common man today has come to believe that without offer of bribe money, nothing moves so far as Government is concerned. Since it is reported that the Army had gone for sub standard vehicle, already in use, if not the person, at least the make of the vehicle could be made public. There should be transparency in purchases of ordinary equipment by the army at least.

from:  Rammohan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 06:47 IST

He should have got the guy trapped then; instead of crying now that his DOB case didn't go his way. Would he have revealed this information now if his case would have been decided in his favour? Sour Grapes! Let him reveal the name of the guy and the company - all the citizens will boycott the company and its subsidiares.

from:  RGKrishnan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 06:44 IST

So Indians can expect another scam under UPA government.But it is not at all shocking as they are used to such scams.

from:  RK
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 06:42 IST

Public money in thousands of crores of rupees are being spent supposedly to modernise our Army, Navy and Air force so as to keep them in combat readiness to meet with any threats from the North and West. What the Top General of the Army says now is casting a serious doubt in our minds, whether modernisation of our Defence system is actually taking place at all or in the name of it, our military bases are fast becoming just a junkyard for dumping substandard and obsolete military hardware. The people have a right to know what is happening in our Defence department!

from:  T.Sathyamurthi
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 06:33 IST

Did the army chief register a case against the accused briber and got him arrested? The army chief has complained against the poor quality of vehicles supplied to the army. Did he come to know of it only now? It is surprising that he did not know about it earlier and that he did nothing to check the continued supply of poor quality vehicles. He has held several top positions in the army and that he has been Chief of Army for quite some time. Unfortunately, the report appears incomplete as it fails to answer several issues.

from:  K V Laxmi Prasad
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 06:33 IST

No surprise...and there is no solution for bribery in India

from:  arty
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 06:28 IST

Hi Sir, We acknowledge your proficiency, patriotism. Hardly few officers of your nature are in high profile position. If you are willing many there to fill your bag from behind. Accolades to you in revealing fact. Those honest in profession are surrounded by fast waning clouds. Truth triumphs. Well Done sir, 'Bravo Zulu'.

from:  Natarajan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 06:26 IST

Friends, Corruption... bribing...in the entire aspects of our life have become a way of life in India. Corruption originates perhaps from the rich and privileged groups comprising, local police, politicians and the like... It is really disgrace to Democratic India... Significant percentage of MLAs and MPs have criminal backgrounds. This fact is declared at Legislative Assemblies; Thank God those rilers are unhurt till the end... Legal proceedings to settle may take decades. Criminals in prisons are thrilling news of News papers ; but victims' cries nobody knows !

from:  KRISHNAN
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 06:25 IST

What is this. Our army Chief is exploding one more heavy bomb of corruption at defence matter.Actually where our country is going towards. Our politicians and High Officials when accused of corruption,they should be jailed and not allowed on bail, till the final verdict of the case.We require an iron man as our head and not soft turbans. Mr.A.K.Antony to submit a white paper on this to the nation as he owns the responsibility.

from:  m.sankaralingam
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 06:11 IST

My goodness!!!!!!!!!!! Only God is the savior. what should we make of the statement "People had taken it before you and they will take after you". what gave the lobbyist such a high degree of confidence. The lobbyist offers to bribe to THE CHIEF OF ARMY OF INDIA. More then anything else now message is loud and clear. The lobbyist, bookmakers and everyone feels, I don't know rightly or wrongly, that India is a bribe culture. Only God could have given him the dare to propose to bribe the army chief. This needs to be probed and fixed. 2G, coal scam, CWG, black money might have brought shame to the nation this would bring salvation!

from:  Ajeet Tiwari
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 06:12 IST

Hats off to the Army Chief..... He should start his own website--- IndiaLeaks..... and invite everyone in India (insiders in all organizations) to expose the rot ...Too much corruption is not allowing India to become a power to reckon to with. It is becoming an banana republic. V.K.Singh deserves a salute from all Indians

from:  gopi
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 05:45 IST

This may be seen as indiscipline but this only reflects he is super-clean and has nothing to hide .Such plain take is the need of the hour

from:  ishan
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 05:37 IST

I applaud 'Army Chief, General V.K. Singh' for his courage. I truly he speaks of the undercurrent disturbing our nation and robbing all of us what rightfully belongs to us 'transparency'. Thank you again General for raising the bar for what a Chief should do. I hope you put forth a path that others will follow. Only folks like you can root out corruption that is the under current of every transaction in india. Fight it strong together!! Let get rid of these corrupt folks.

from:  SR
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 05:08 IST

..If what the Army Chief [ revered by many in Army ] is true ,then ONLY GOD SAVE THIS COUNTRY. Under this congress regime ,nothing is left untouched in multiples of crores as bribe.Sri. MMS should at least act now.

from:  Prof.R.Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 05:01 IST

No matter how hard Gen.VKS try, he cannot achieve two things. 1. He cannot get any fingers pointed at AK.Antony, even if this bribe offer is true. General is trying to tell that AK Antony is the minister of the department, where such bribing history is prevailing. 2. He cannot regain the image he lost, by portraying himself as clean he claims to be.

from:  P.Johnson
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 04:51 IST

So finally we got the real reason why supreme court of india refused to intervene in his date of birth issue.

from:  Arun Roy
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 04:45 IST

Its sad that the country and its institutions have come to such a level. This revelation by the Chief and the earlier one by the business man Tata where he revealed about bribe for airline licence. Personally, I have not seen a news item if the Govt. of India have investigated the Tata case. Let's wait and see if something happens in Chief's matter. At least the Chief is hopeful. Please God give India some self-respect.

from:  Prem
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 04:42 IST

Much surprise to read Gen V.K. Singh's allegation about a bribe of Rs 14 crore offered to him by an equipment lobbyist to have a tranche of 600 sub-standard vehicles cleared for purchase. Since he had made this statement, he should now come out in the open in respect of the entire affair irrespective of whether or not Defence Minister took any action on his report. There is a need for the public to know to compel legal action to be taken accordingly forthwith. I hope he would just do that and not embarked upon playing a blackmail strategy against any one.

from:  Udham Dillon
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 04:31 IST

sir,it is shocking our defence force is in such deplorable state, where weapon merchants and other service providers have a free sway in decision making.something is stinking.defence dept is not a sacred cow, it should be probed to weed out poisonous elements

from:  c a m ebrahim
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 04:16 IST

I am sorry General. You should have arranged for his arrest through CBI and brough him before law. If a person of your stature cannot do then who else? Hence, we are unable to believe your theory now.

from:  chander
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 04:13 IST

Army chief's revelations should lead to greater openness and promote efficiency. The unfortunate fact of life in India is these won't be followed up and attempts would be made to devise new ways of carrying on the corrupt practices. It would be great if the army chief can volunteer more information and join the anti-corruption crusade. India needs honest, selfless individuals to shake the lethargy.

from:  Dr RKRAO REBBAPRAGADA
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 04:06 IST

It should be aware to the public and the decent media, that all this opposition to a strong Lok Pal Bill comes from these rich lobbyists. They pay the media to publish articles to question Judicial activism, the constant repetition about Parliament being supreme, the beauty of Democracy in India etc. All these are Red Herrings meant to create a fake public opinion mood and indirectly intimidate those righteous officials, judges and MPs who want to reform the system. Be always suspicious when such topics occasionally appear to attract public attention. There are hidden agendas to them being put in print and on TV and on debates.

from:  Anand
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 04:04 IST

Wow India! The corruption is so severe and the government still debating how to support Anna ji. Great!

from:  Kiran
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 04:00 IST

Why didn't the Chief disclose it earlier, and why so late? If there hadn't been an issue on his date of birth, would the Army Chief have disclosed this shocking issue of corruption in the army?

from:  Vargis Jos
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 03:46 IST

two points i want to make here: being the top of the Indian Army, why didn't you take legal actions against the person who tried to lobby V.K. Singh? Offering bribery is the malaise that still persists in our society and if informed the person tried to lobby could to go to jail forever given the case itself is very important! secondly, I am not sure if the general already accepted any bribe (the news only says, "7,000 of which were already in use in the Army, had been sold over the years at exorbitant prices with no questions asked."), but if he did, he is not definitely the person who should be sitting in this post, because we have much efficient people in the armed forces who invest their entire life protecting our people. What should the govt. do now (if gen. accepted bribe)? sentence him to life in prison, dismiss him from the post and never allow him to join in any govt. posts in the future and if possible exile him out this country.

from:  manu
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 03:41 IST

The Army Chief should have the man arrested immediately or should have used the usual method of the anti-corruption squad instead of reporting now or then to the Defence Minister. The businessman is now scot free.

from:  Mani Iyer
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 03:29 IST

Let it be a fight to the finish General, the whole country is behind you.

from:  Sivasankaran Ramaswamy
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 03:06 IST

And here goes the last institution we had respect for in the country!

from:  Vaibhav
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 03:03 IST

he is real army chief who reveal all silent corruption inside army boldly....he is an inspiration to all INDIANS....

from:  hem
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 03:03 IST

Dear Chief, We are proud of you.Please join anti corruption movement after retirement and let us all together take on corrupted people and corrupt practices in all walks our of life.

from:  Raju
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 03:01 IST
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