by: Neeraj Chauhan
Based on fresh evidence, including a CD recently shared by former Army chief General V K Singh, in the alleged bribery offer made to him by Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh, the CBI is set to file a chargesheet against the latter.
CBI sources said they had established the link between Vectra chief Ravi Rishi and Tejinder Singh, on the basis of which the alleged bribe of Rs 14 crore was offered to the former Army chief to clear a tranche of 1,676 high mobility Tatra vehicles for the Indian Army. Sources said they had joined dots in the motive of Tejinder Singh meeting V K Singh at the latter’s office on September 22, 2010.
The agency was recently provided fresh evidence, including a compact disc, by V K Singh, which they said helped them in the probe. The agency had registered a case on October 20 last year in the matter.
Legal experts of the agency will look into the evidence collected so far and take a decision. “We have a CD given by V K Singh, register of defence ministry which shows Tejinder Singh’s entry to V K Singh’s office and other circumstantial evidence in the matter, but evidence has to be analyzed,” said a source.
The agency had taken 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. It also recorded the statement of the receptionist at the office of V K Singh and statements of other Army officers before filing a regular case.
The agency also questioned two businessmen in Delhi in connection with the case to establish the Tejinder Singh-Ravi Rishi link.
CBI’s move puts to rest speculation that it may close the probe. The agency has also found other evidence which suggest Tejinder Singh’s association with Ravi Rishi.
Tejinder Singh had refuted the bribery allegations and also slapped a defamation case against V K Singh. Tejinder Singh is prime accused in the case registered under Section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
This article was written by Neeraj Chauhan and originally published on indiatimes