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The General's bombshell

Army chief Gen VK Singh's shocking revelation of being offered Rs 14 crore bribe to clear purchase of substandard vehicles, sent shockwaves across all quarters. HT.com conducted a survey to get a sense of commom man's opinion on the controversy.

delhi Updated: Mar 27, 2012 10:02 IST

Army Chief General VK Singh's shocking revelation of being offered Rs14 crore bribe to clear purchase of substandard vehicles, sent shockwaves across all quarters. While Congress leaders criticised army chief for not filing a complaint against the person who offered bribe, the Opposition created ruckus in the Parliament over the controversy.

Reacting to the allegation levelled by Gen Singh, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said, "Both the defence minister and the army chief should have acted immediately.

Red faced, Union defence minister AK Antony ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into army chief's allegations that he had been offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore.

Hindustantimes.com conducted a poll to see what the common man has to say about the all-pervasive corruption that has not left even our defence services.

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Has the defence minister acted too late by ordering a CBI probe after General Singh made his allegation public?

An overwhelming 73 % response in favour of 'yes' clearly suggests that people think Defence minister AK antony was late in ordering probe. While 21% respondents felt otherwise, 6% had no opinion.

Should General Singh have come out with this revelation much earlier, instead of waiting for months?

As most of us feel that an offer of Rs14 crore as bribe to an army chief is criminal, some 70% people felt that General Singh should have come out in public much before instead of keeping it to himself and defence minister. However, 20% respondent felt otherwise, while 9% chose not to comment.

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General Singh says he was targeted on his date of birth because of his crackdown on corruption. Do you agree?

General Singh's defence on the date of birth row found good support as 54% believed he was targeted by the defence ministry because of his crackdown on corruption in the Indian Army. 34% felt he was not targeted, 12% chose to reserve their comment.

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