Former army chief General VK Singh has provided the CBI a corrupted CD that allegedly contained recordings of the bribe offer made to him by retired lieutenant general Tejinder Singh, sources told HT.
“The CBI has sent the CD for forensic examination in an effort to check whether any recording stored can be retrieved,” said a source.
Gen VK Singh could not be reached for his comments.
In March 2012, VK Singh disclosed that Lt Gen Tejinder Singh offered him a bribe of R14 crore to clear the purchase of over 600 Tatra heavy duty trucks for the army.
The former army chief had also alleged that the bribe offer had been made in September 2010 on behalf of Vectra group owner Ravinder Rishi.
“During the initial meetings with the General, investigators were told about the existence of such a recording. But then the General did not provide any such recording to the probe agency for almost a year. Later, he told investigators that the CD that contained the conversation had got corrupted. So he was asked to provide the corrupted CD to see whether anything can be retrieved from it,” said the source.
Investigators have so far not found any clinching evidence that may help the agency to prove the charge made by Gen Singh. Sources said the agency wants to make all possible efforts to probe the bribery allegation made by Gen Singh.