Army chief names Tejinder in his complaint to CBI

Army chief Gen V.K. Singh has named retired Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh in his complaint to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the alleged Rs.14 crore bribe offered to him to clear tranche of nearly 600 Tatra trucks.

CBI sources said Gen V.K. Singh has assured them of providing more material about the alleged bribe offer very soon.

The agency has started examining the complaint received on Friday and may question Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh in connection with the case, they said.

Sources said a call on whether to proceed with a preliminary enquiry or a regular FIR would be taken soon.

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

The agency was waiting for a formal complaint from the Army chief regarding details of alleged bribe offer to initiate a formal probe into the matter referred to it by the Defence ministry. CBI officers had met him on Monday evening.

The Army Chief had claimed in media interviews that an equipment lobbyist had offered him a bribe of Rs. 14 crore, a matter which he had reported to Defence Minister A.K. Antony.

The Ministry had then recommended a CBI probe into the allegation made by the Army chief.

After receiving reference from the Ministry, the agency had asked it to make available a complaint from the Army Chief besides other details such as list of witnesses and supporting documents after which it would initiate its probe in the case.

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