General VK Singh who ended his controversial tenure as head of the Indian Army yesterday, has said that there is no reason for him to apologize to BEML, because what he stated were 'facts and not allegations'.
Confirming that he had received legal notice to apologize or face defamation charges for comments he had made with regards to BEML, General VK Singh said, "There is no question of an apology. Apology for what? These are not allegations. These are facts," reported NDTV
Earlier BEML Chief Natarajan told reporters in Bangalore that the former Army Chief's allegations against the company were defamatory, damaging and irresponsible.
Gen Singh had alleged that he was offered a Rs 14 crore bribe by a former officer to clear supply of a tranche of 600 Tatra trucks, a charge into which the CBI is investigating.
BEML has not received a single letter that the Tatra vehicles is sub-standard, obsolete or over-priced, Natarajan said.
Taking objection to Singh's allegations, Natarajan said, It was wilfully made to damage BEML. The confidence built up in BEML has been demolished at one go."
He also had a dig at Singh for his claims that the Tatra Trucks were available for Rs 28 lakh in the Czech Republic where the vehicles are manufactured. "I don't know from where he got these figures", Natarajan said.
Meanwhile the CBI has made a statement that it has enough proof to show the involvement of the current and former BEML chiefs in the Tatra scam.
Updated Date: Jun 01, 2012 14:38:32 IST