Thursday, May 3, 2012

Lt Gen Singh quizzed in Tatra deal

Carrying forward its probe on the bribery allegation created by Army Chief Gen V K Singh, the CBI nowadays questioned retired Lt Gen Tejinder Singh for the primary time for his alleged role within the Tatra case.

Singh fell upon the CBI headquarters this morning and was grilled at length in reference to the Tatra case because the probe to this point prompt role of some former Army officers in clearing the deal for the trucks, official sources said.

They said Singh was additionally asked to reply to the allegations levelled against him by the military Chief who claimed in his statement that the previous Lt Gen had approached him in 2010 with a bribe provide of Rs fourteen crore to clear a tranche of 600 Tatra trucks for the military.

Sources within the CBI said, Tejinder Singh was asked concerning the explanations of his visit to Army Chief's workplace on September twenty two, 2010 when the alleged bribe provide was created to Gen V K Singh.

Tejinder Singh has denied of these allegations and additionally filed a contempt case against the military Chief.

The CBI had recorded the statement of Army Chief on April twenty during which he had created the allegation against Tejinder Singh saying that he had created the provide on behalf of Ravi Rishi of Tatra trucks, the sources said.

Rishi and his company, Vectra, have additionally denied any wrong doing within the case.

CBI has registered a case in purchases of Tatra Trucks to Army on March thirty against Rishi, unknown officers of Defence Ministry and UK-based Vectra company.

The CBI sources claimed that documents showed that there was an evident hurry shown in signing the Memorandum of Understanding in mere 3 days between Tatra Sipox UK and therefore the BEML in June, 1997.

Rishi holding substantial shares in Tatra Sipox UK has denied allegations of any wrong doing.

The agency is probing alleged irregularities in assigning provide from Czechoslovakia-based Tatra, with that the agreement was originally signed in 1986, to the Tatra-Sipox UK owned by Rishi in 1997 showing it as Original Equipment Manufacturer and therefore the fully-owned subsidiary of Czech company, they said.

A CBI spokesperson had said this was against the provisions of Defence Procurement Procedure for supplying the vehicles to Indian Army on the idea of the orders placed by the Ministry of Defence.

"It is any alleged that during this manner, vehicles price thousands of crores of rupees are provided to the Indian Army. In continuation of the aforesaid conspiracy to cause undue profit to the UK-based company, the unknown officers of the Defence PSU allowed modification of currency from US dollar to Euro and any by not levying the Liquidated damages, thereby inflicting any loss of Rs thirteen.27 crores," the CBI had said.

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