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Tatra deal: Tejinder Singh's bail plea dismissed, held

PTI  New Delhi, September 01, 2014
First Published: 15:30 IST(1/9/2014) | Last Updated: 18:15 IST(1/9/2014)

Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh was on Monday arrested on orders by a Delhi court which dismissed his bail plea for allegedly offering Rs. 14 crore bribe to then Army Chief Gen VK Singh for clearing file pertaining to procurement of 1,676 heavy mobility Tatra vehicles.

Special CBI Judge Madhu Jain rejected Tejinder Singh's bail application and sent him to judicial custody till October 20.

"Take him into custody," the judge said.

"To come up for scrutiny of documents and arguments on charge on October 20," the court said.

Meanwhile, CBI also supplied the copy of charge sheet and other documents to Tejinder Singh, who had appeared in the court following court's summons in the case.

During the day, he had moved the bail plea which was opposed by the CBI and was later rejected by the court.

The court had taken cognisance of the charge sheet on August 28 after relying upon the statements of former defence minister AK Antony, VK Singh and other witnesses whose testimonies were recorded by the agency during the probe.

The CBI in its charge sheet had alleged that in August-September 2010, the file pertaining to procurement of 1,676 Tatra vehicles was pending before VK Singh, who is now a Minister of State of External Affairs and Minister of State in-charge of Department of Northeast Region.

The then Chief of Army Staff (COAS) was not convinced with the total projected requirement of the vehicles and it appeared to him that the requirement has been inflated, the agency had said, adding VK Singh had sought fresh opinion on the issue from different quarters.

In its charge sheet, the CBI had alleged that Tejinder Singh met VK Singh in his office in South Block on September 22, 2010, and during the meeting, he had offered a bribe of Rs. 14 crore to VK Singh for clearing the file of Tatra vehicles by first week of October.

VK Singh got infuriated and asked Tejinder Singh to immediately leave his office and he, thereafter, intimated A K Antony about the whole incident of bribe being offered to him, the CBI had said.

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