Army chief General VK Singh has asked the CBI for more time to provide details on his allegation that he was offered R14- crore bribe to clear the purchase of 600 “substandard” Tatra trucks.
Indian Army chief VK Singh during a reception in New Delhi. Singh is in the eye of storm for a leak of a letter describing ammunition shortages and archaic air defences in India. Reuters photo/B Mathur
Gen Singh was supposed to provide the details this week. So far, he has only sent a brief formal communication to the CBI, claiming that retired Lieutenant General Tejinder Singh had offered him bribe, but refrained from mentioning even the bribe amount.
“We are constantly in touch with the general. We hope to get all details from him very soon to get on with our investigation. To register a formal case, the details have to come from him,” a senior CBI official said.
Earlier in his media interactions, Gen Singh, however, claimed that he was offered R14 crore to clear the Tatra deal.
Interestingly, CBI sources said, the charge that the trucks were sub-standard was not part of the probe.
“Nobody is saying the trucks are sub-standard,” said an official.
The CBI, meanwhile, continued to question Vectra owner Ravi Rishi, who facilitated the procurement of the Tatra trucks, for the fifth consecutive day. “The case is based on documents. We are reading the papers and seeking clarifications from Rishi,” said an investigator.