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Army Chief Bribed? Govt Orders CBI Probe

Monday, 26 March 2012, 05:10 Hrs   |    11 Comments
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New Delhi: The government ordered a CBI inquiry into the allegation made by Army chief Gen V K Singh that he was offered a Rs 14 crore bribe by a lobbyist.

A CBI probe was ordered by Defence Minister A K Antony in the wake of the Army chief's allegation, Defence Ministry officials told PTI here.

Terming Gen Singh's allegations as "serious", Antony told reporters outside Parliament, "We have to handle it...I have taken action."

When asked if the Army chief had informed him about the bribe offer, he said, "Parliament is in session."

In an interview to a newspaper, the Army chief alleged that an equipment lobbyist offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore, which he had reported to the Defence Minister.
He said the lobbyist offered him the bribe in order to have a tranche of 600 sub-standard vehicles of a particular make cleared for purchase.

"Just imagine, one of these men had the gumption to walk up to me and tell me that if I cleared the tranche, he would give me Rs 14 crore. He was offering a bribe to me, to the Army chief. He told me that people had taken money before me and they will take money after me," Gen Singh said.

Reacting to the allegation leveled by Gen Singh, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said, "Both the Defence Minister and the Army chief should have acted immediately.

"It is a criminal act and nobody should be allowed to go scot free after offering a bribe," he told reporters outside Parliament.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said, "Whenever such allegation is leveled by any senior official, the government makes sure that it is clarified."

"He (Gen Singh) has said a very serious thing in his statement and every thing should be made clear in black and white," she said.

On the statement of Gen Singh, former Army chief Deepak Kapoor said, "It is below my dignity to comment on the allegation."
Source: PTI
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Reader's comments(11)
1: Pl read again, "In an interview to a newspaper, the Army chief alleged that an equipment lobbyist offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore, which he had reported to the Defence Minister" Great news, and an example of patriot if he had reported immediately and a coward, if he took his own time in reporting as by then all evidences were washed out. Truth will never be known to Indians.But for shure Defence Ministry & IAS Babus are involved in it.
Congrats General. I am a soldier and appreciate your guts. No matter even if you are not offered a plump posting in Public sector after your retirement from Army. Indians will respect you for what you dod.
Posted by:Tapan - 28 Mar, 2012
2: is it not ridiculous that CBI inquiry is ordered after two years from the date the bribe was offered to General V.K. Singh, since now it has been made public. The Defense Minister should have to explain as to why he was sleeping over the matter for two years.
Posted by:Virendra Gupta - 26 Mar, 2012
3: Nothing new here except that someone actually refused a bribe. Now he will be a target as he gums up the smooth flow of corruption.
Posted by:Mitesh Damania - 26 Mar, 2012
4: This UPA government is making fun of democracy at will.We indians are being fooled every now and then by our own politicians.
They are definately not our men.
We are so helpless that we gulp everything that is being fed to us by these shameless politicians.
No one is really thinking about the motherland.
I am not sure where this India is going.I rejected an offer of a job in US just to be in my country and serve it.I think we , the common men , are doing good job than these ministers.
Posted by:deepak - 26 Mar, 2012
5:
Somebody should gang up and start killing corrupt politicians....setting up an example, that common man cannot be taken for granted....i am in if any league comes into existence
raaghu Replied to: deepak - 29 Mar, 2012
6:
Well said Deepak. We don't know when this UPA Govt. will tumble, within which all these so-called leaders are swindling very fast along with their Head. Congress should not be allowed to the position again.
sridhar Replied to: deepak - 27 Mar, 2012
7: This UPA government is making fun of democracy at will.We indians are being fooled every now and then by our own politicians.
They are definately not our men.
We are so helpless that we gulp everything that is being fed to us by these shameless politicians.
No one is really thinking about the motherland.
I am not sure where this India is going.I rejected an offer of a job in US just to be in my country and serve it.I think we , the common men , are doing good job than these ministers.
Posted by:deepak - 26 Mar, 2012
8: This parliament must die in shame
& the president must suicide as I
think she is absolute missing link
Posted by:andee - 26 Mar, 2012
9: This is really shameful, we never thought defense guys can be brought by bribes. What's more, who's next?
Posted by:Meena - 26 Mar, 2012
10: Scam afater scam, dear my fellow Indians, where are we heading ?? Why our governement has become so irresponsible ?? Are we not electing the right people/party? Is people of india have bocome non sensitive to these issues ?
Posted by:Shivananda - 26 Mar, 2012
11:
This UPA government is looting this great nation like any thing, where is the wealth from the Jaipur kingdom gone has any one answer to this, there had been a treasure of 400 trucks where is all those wealth ? it was taken by indira Gandhi. Now we see one after other 2laks crore 2g spectrum and 11 lacs crore coal what is going on ? even the person whom we believe and have faith and are meant for oue security and guarding our nation are also corrupted...oh god...what the hell is going on in INDIA ....it is in very terrible condition.
Neelesh Replied to: Shivananda - 27 Mar, 2012
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