Army rot bared, Antony orders overdue probe

Defence Minister\'s move came after General Singh alleged that he was offered bribe to clear purchase of Army vehicles.

Published: 27th March 2012 02:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 09:46 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Army Chief General VK Singh’s latest salvo of bribery allegations on Monday left the government in a fix and a cornered Defence Minister AK Antony announced a CBI probe into the episode that took place more than two years ago.

As Parliament erupted in pandemonium following the stunning revelations by General Singh, a visibly agitated Antony said “action has already been taken”.

The General has alleged that a retired Army officer had offered him bribe on behalf of a foreign company. Singh, in his latest media interview, has said he was offered illegal gratification of `14 crore to clear a file related to the purchase of 600 sub-standard heavy-duty vehicles for the Army.

However, the Army Chief stopped short of naming the retired officer, but senior officers pointed out that he was referring to former Director General of Defence Intelligence Agency Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh, whom the Army Headquarters had named in a press release for offering bribe and spearheading a malicious complaint against the force.

Indicating that things would get murkier, Singh has said that more issues will be revealed in the coming days and the “sutradhar” (stage manager) of the malicious campaign against him will be exposed soon.


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