V.K. Singh bribery case: CBI raids five places

New Delhi – The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday conducted raids at five places in connection with former chief of Army Staff General V.K. Singh’s allegations that he was offered bribe to clear deal of substandard vehicles.

The CBI has reportedly registered a case against Lt. Gen. (retired) Tejinder Singh and unknown persons after it gathered prima-facie evidence to register a formal case on the basis of the complaint filed by General (retired) V.K. Singh.

Soon after registering the FIR under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, the agency carried out searches at five locations, including the premises of Tejinder Singh, Tatra chief Ravi Rishi and his associate Anil Mansukhani, in Delhi and Mumbai around 7 a.m.

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 Tejinder Singh offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore, a matter he had reported to Defence Minister AK Antony, to clear purchase of nearly 600 all-terrain Tatra BEML trucks in September 2010.

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

As part of the preliminary enquiry, the CBI has looked into the alleged relationship Tejinder Singh enjoyed with the Vectra group which purportedly prompted him to make the offer to the then Army Chief.

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

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