File Photo: Lt General (retd) Tejinder Singh.
CBI today registered a case under anti-graft law against Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh for allegedly offering Rs 14 crore bribe to the then army chief V K Singh for clearing 1676 "substandard" Tatra BEML trucks and carried out searches at seven places here and in Mumbai.
During its preliminary enquiry for six months into the allegations levelled by V K Singh, the agency sources claimed it has gathered enough prima-facie evidence to register an FIR against Tejinder Singh under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, said.
Tejinder Singh did not respond to messages sent by PTI on his mobile seeking his reaction on the development.
The then Army chief had alleged that Tejinder Singh offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore in his office in September 2010 to clear the purchase of tranche of 1,676 Tatra BEML trucks, a matter he had reported to Defence Minister A K Antony.
During the preliminary enquiry, CBI took into account the Record of Discussion in which an Army Chief records important decisions taken, details of meetings, discussions taken place or instructions issued during the day.
The agency also recorded the statement of receptionist at the office of Army Chief V K Singh and statements of other army officers before filing a regular case in this regard.
After registering a case under section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, CBI carried out searches at the Kailash Colony residence of Vectra Chairman Ravinder Rishi, also a Director in Tatra Sipox UK which supplied all-terrain trucks to BEML for giving them to the army, and that of Tejinder Singh at Safdarjung Enclave here, they said.
CBI, after the searches, also questioned Tejinder Singh at the agency's headquarters about his alleged association with arms dealers including Rishi, they said.
They said CBI also carried out searches at the offices of Vectra and its officials in Mumbai and Noida.
After getting a formal complaint from the former Army Chief, CBI had initiated a preliminary enquiry in April this year.
Tejinder Singh had refuted the allegations and also slapped a defamation case against Gen Singh.
As part of the Preliminary Enquiry, CBI has looked into the alleged relationship Tejinder Singh enjoyed with Vectra group, the sources said.
The agency had examined in detail 'Record of Discussion' of the day the alleged meeting between the then army chief and Tejinder Singh and even got done a forensic report to know the date of entry, they said.
The sources said the details of meeting and the alleged offer were recorded by Gen V K Singh in the 'Record of Discussion' of the day.
The staff at his office was also said to have corroborated the happening which took place after the meeting wherein Gen Singh ordered Tejinder Singh to be escorted out of his office, the CBI sources claimed.
The agency has examined Singh during enquiry for his alleged relations with arms dealers including Rishi.
Rishi is already an accused in connection with a separate case relating to irregularities in the supply of Tatra BEML trucks to the army.