Rs 14 cr bribe offered, Indian Army Chief slapped by seniors

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New Delhi, Mar 26: Indian Army Chief General VK Singh once again landed in a fresh trouble with his revelation that he was being offered Rs 14 crore as bribe to clear a tranche of 600 sub-standard vehicles by an ex-army man. Within hours Singh faced stern criticism from his predecessors who raised questions about Singh's inaction at the time when he (Singh) was being offered the money.

A retired Army Chief, General VP Malik was shocked when he read Singh's interview with the national daily, The Hindu published on Monday, Mar 26. Mr Malik chided, "Why wasn't it reported and the company banned? An FIR should have been lodged. It's a very serious charge."

"Had I been the Army Chief, I would have banned the company, would have investigated the retired Army officer. Disciplinary action should have been taken against him," asserted Mr Malik.

Meanwhile, general (Retd) Shankar Roy Choudhary also claimed, "I'm not aware of any Army Chief being offered a bribe. If the Chief is saying then it must have happened. But I don't think it is possible to offer money to an Army Chief."

General Singh, during his interview with the daily, has been quoted as saying, "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."

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