New Delhi: CBI on Tuesday examined Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh and Vectra Chairman Ravinder Rishi for the second consecutive day in connection with its probe in the alleged bribe offer made by the retired general to the then Army Chief V K Singh for clearing a tranche of sub-standard Tatra BEML trucks.
    
Singh, however, denied he had been questioned by the CBI on Tuesday and claimed that it will be known in the coming days as to why "someone" was raking up this issue one and a half years after the deal.
    
"I have not been called by CBI on Tuesday. Investigation will reveal that I am not involved and also the reasons for someone raking it up one and a half years after the alleged incident," he said in reply to an SMS sent for his reaction.
    
CBI sources, however, maintained that he and Rishi were questioned about some infirmities detected in their statements on Monday.
    
During the questioning session, Singh and Rishi denied having any kind of links with each other, they said. The sources said the two Delhi-based businessmen and two executives of Vectra were also questioned in connection with the case and were asked about their association with the officials of the Defence Ministry.
    
Have full faith in CBI: VK Singh


Former Army Chief Gen (retd) VK Singh said that he has full faith in the working of the CBI which is probing his allegations of a Rs.14-crore bribe offer made to him to clear the purchase of 600 all-terrain trucks.

After addressing a gathering at village Ghamroj near Sohna here, Gen Singh said that though there have been allegations of bias on the working of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the agency was doing its job in his case. He was here to pay tributes to two martyrs of the 1971 India-Pakistan war - Mamraj and Ramkumar of village Ghamroj.

Six months after a preliminary enquiry (PE) into Singh's allegation that he was offered a Rs.14-crore bribe, CBI on Saturday registered FIRs against Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh, Tatra chief Ravi Rishi and his associate Anil Mansukhani.

In his 22-page complaint to the CBI, the former Army Chief had alleged that Tejinder Singh had offered him the bribe to clear the purchase of over 600 Tatra trucks, to be supplied by Rishi's Vectra group through defence public sector company Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML).

The agency during its preliminary investigation has found prima facie evidence of links between Tejinder Singh and Ravinder Rishi, who is also a director in Tatra Sipox UK - the company which was allegedly supplying substandard trucks.

Voicing dissatisfaction over the UPA government's Rs.2, 300-crore package for ex-servicemen pensioners, VK Singh said that it was nothing. He said the army's top brass had suggested the actual demands of ex-servicemen but the 'babus' (bureaucrats) played their 'role'. Ex-servicemen too are unhappy with the pension hike announced by the government, saying it amounted to deceitful treatment of their long-pending 'one-rank one-pension' demand.

The former Army Chief said a country that does not respect its soldiers cannot progress. On the issue of corruption, the retired general said he is ready to share the stage with the Congress party too, if they fight against the menace. He said he will not join or form any political party. He said the country's political leadership is dividing the country as the British rulers did.

(Agencies)

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