With Antony ordering a CBI probe into the matter, reports have emerged that the Defence Minister will be called in by the investigative agency to record his statement. The fact that Gen VK Singh had intimated the Minister on the bribe claims was validated by Antony during his reply in Parliament.
It has also been reported that Gen Singh may file a written complaint on the issue on Mar 30, following which the CBI would register an FIR. He is believed to have informed CBI officials that a decision on filing of the complaint will be taken upon his return. Singh is currently on a tour.
Sources also claimed that Singh's interview on the matter with various television channels is being scrutinized. The channels that aired his interview as well as that conducted the interview have been asked to submit the tapes of the same to the CBI.
Singh had made the stunning claims earlier that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore by former Lt Gen Tejinder Singh. The CBI is also understood having conveyed to the Defence Ministry that the files with regards to the procurement of the Tatra trucks should be kept ready since the agency is likely to file a separate case on this.
Though the Army Chief did not name the make of the vehicle that was to be unduly procured for the Army, an Army press release on Mar 5 had stated that retired Lt Gen Tejinder Singh was accused of offering a bribe on behalf of Tatra and Vectra Limited, which supply vehicles to BEML.