General Singh has been quoted as saying to The Hindu, "One of these men had the gumption to walk up to me and tell me that if I cleared the tranche, he would give me Rs 14 crore. He was offering a bribe to me, to the Army Chief. He told me that people had taken money before me and they will take money after me." [UPDATE: Bribe to Indian army chief: Is VK Singh scared of UPA govt?]
Opening a can of worms on the rampant corruption within the Army, Singh said that as many as 7,000 equipment that was already in use by the Army has been sold over the years at exorbitant prices. Singh added that the incident was reported to the Defence Minister AK Antony.
On being asked how the Army Chief can be offered a bribe, Singh replied, "Obviously somewhere our standards of probity and integrity have fallen."
The Army Chief further added that he was targeted in the age row after he fought to end the rampant corruption in the Army. He commented, "Things are fast unraveling and you will soon see the hand behind the drama. You will soon see who the sutradhar of the play is."
Gen Singh had lost the date of birth war with the government after the court ordered Singh to withdraw his plea demanding that his date of birth be established as May 10, 1951. He had argued that there was an error in the govt and army records that led to the confusion.