VK Singh and CBI Enquiry
Central Beuro of Investigation, India’s supreme investigating authority started investigation on the bribe claim by Gen V. K. Singh, the chief of Indian army. The CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry on the matter. The officer claimed that, he was offered by Rs 14 Cr to buy sub standard vehicles. The opposition asked on Monday, that why the Defense Ministry had not taken any actions regarding that. The army chief had reported the same matter on time. According to the defense ministry sources, the chief reported this matter by orally not by written. Since there was no written complaint, the ministry could not take any legal actions.
Army chief V.K. Singh has written to Prime Minister that, the security of the country is not safe. According to A.K. Antony, V.K. Singh told him that, some equipment middlemen offered bribe to him and he did not want to pursue the matter. A. K. Antony ordered a CBI enquiry based on the news paper reports. In the letter sent to Prime Minister’s office, General Singh said that Indian Tank Fleet was devoid of critical ammunition to defeat the enemy tanks. He also said that the 97% of the air defense is in obsolete state.
There is also a corruption allegation brought by General V.K. Singh. According to C.B.I., if General V.K. Singh file a complaint, then agency can go ahead as a regular case and if not, a preliminary enquiry can be filed. On March 26 he alleged in an interview, that a recently retired officer offered him a bribe of Rs 14 Cr to purchase substandard vehicles and the government did not act on his complaint. The next day, the letter to prime minister was leaked to the media. In Friday, BJP has demanded the resignation of A.K.Antony. The issue was raised in the zero hour of Rajya Sabha. Central Beuro of Investigation has called Ravi Rishi, an NRI business man to question in this case. According to sources, two different cases may be registered. One is for offering bribe and another is for deal. From 1986 onwards, BEML. Assembled, manufactured and supplied 71000 Tatra trucks. All of them have been done in the single nomination basis. Ravi Rishi is the chairman of Vectar Group and the largest shareholder in the tatra trucks. Corruption is smelled in the BEML Tatra deal. The FIR is registered 13(1D) of Prevention of Corruption act.