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General VK Singh

March 26, 2012 by staff 

General VK Singh, In response to Army Chief, General V K Singh’s stunning claims that a lobbyist offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore to pass sub-standard equipments, Defence Minister AK Antony has ordered a CBI probe into the allegation.

Terming Gen Singh’s allegations as “serious”, Antony told reporters outside Parliament, “We have to handle it…I have taken action.” When asked if the Army chief had informed him about the bribe offer, he said, “Parliament is in session.”

The allegations caused a disruption in Parliament and it has been adjourned. Reacting to the allegation leveled by Gen Singh, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said, “Both the Defence Minister and the Army chief should have acted immediately.

“It is a criminal act and nobody should be allowed to go scot free after offering a bribe,” he told reporters outside Parliament.

In an interview to a newspaper, the Army chief alleged that an equipment lobbyist offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore, which he had reported to the Defence Minister.

He 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.

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