March 26th, 2012
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General VK Singh bribery issue:Defence Minister orders CBI probe

general-VK-singhNew Delhi: Both the Lok sabha and the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till noon after Opposition leaders created ruckus over Indian Army Chief General VK Singh’s claim that he was offered bribe to clear the purchase of vehicles for the forces. over Army chief’s reported statement that he was offered bribe. Opposition MPs waved newspapers and walked to the well of the House in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha saying General Singh’s claims were ‘serious’.

Union Defence Minister AK Antony has ordered CBI probe into the matter. In an interview to The Hindu, General VK Singh, has alleged that an equipment lobbyist offered him a bribe of Rs. 14 crore to sanction the purchase of a consignment of sub-standard vehicles. Defence Minister AK Antony was apprised of the matter, the Army Chief added.

According to the report published in The Hindu , the General 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. He said the vehicles, 7,000 of which were already in use in the Army, had been sold over the years at exorbitant prices with no questions asked.

In the interview Singh said, “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.” “Obviously somewhere our standards of probity and integrity have fallen,” he added.



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