Saturday, October 20, 2012

CBI conducts raids, charges Tejinder Singh

NEW DELHI, October 20, 2012 (PTI)

CBI on Saturday carried out raids at five places here after registering a case against Lt. Gen. (Retd) Tejinder Singh on Ex-Army chief V.K. Singh's complaint that he was offered bribe to clear a tranche of "substandard" vehicles.

CBI sources said the agency has registered a case against Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh and unknown persons after it gathered prima-facie evidence to register a formal case on the complaint of Gen Singh.

Soon after registering the FIR under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, the agency carried out searches at five locations here including the premises of Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh, they said.

After getting a formal complaint from Gen Singh, the agency had initiated a preliminary enquiry in April this year.

The then Army chief had alleged that Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore, a matter he had reported to Defence Minister A K Antony, to clear purchase of nearly 600 all-terrain Tatra BEML trucks in September 2010.

Gen. Tejinder Singh has refuted the allegations and also slapped a defamation case against Gen Singh.

As part of the Preliminary Enquiry, CBI has looked into the alleged relationship Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh enjoyed with the Vectra group which purportedly prompted him to make the offer to the then Army Chief, the sources said.

During the course of the preliminary enquiry, the agency has questioned Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh with regards to allegations levelled by Gen. V.K. Singh and his alleged relations with arms dealers including Vectra Chairman Ravinder Rishi.
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