Army chief bribery row: CBI files FIR, summons Tatra chief

The CBI is set to question chairman of the Vectra Group, Ravi Rishi, in connection with allegations that his firm had asked a former army official to lobby on their behalf and even offer a bribe to the Army Chief.

CNN-IBN reported that the CBI has registered an FIR in connection with the complaint from the Ministry of Defence about a bribe being offered to the Army chief.

The CBI is investigating allegations that the Army chief was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore. AFP

Rishi has also reportedly been summoned by the CBI for further inquiries and will have to produce documents of the deals with the Indian Army, it reported.

Rishi had yesterday said that no investigating authority had approached him in connection with the allegations that the firm manufacturing the Tatra trucks, used by the Indian Army, had sanctioned the offering of a bribe to the Army chief.

The industrialist had said that his company has sought permission from the Ministry of Defence to file a case against General VK Singh for defamation in the case.

Lt General (retired) Tejinder Singh, accused of offering the bribe, has filed a case of defamation against the Army chief and four other officials and also moved the Delhi High Court seeking action against a press release issued by the Indian Army.

The government has been asked to file a reply by the high court.

The CBI probe had been initiated by the Defence Minister AK Antony following the Army chief's statements in the media. Antony had told Parliament that he had asked the Army chief to file a complaint but General VK Singh had allowed the matter to pass.

Updated Date: Mar 30, 2012 15:12 PM

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