New Delhi: Central Bureau of Investigation probing the alleged bribery offer of Rs.14 crore to the Army Chief, General V K Singh, may record Defence Minister A K Antony’s statement following the minister’s admission in the Parliament that he was apprised by General Singh about the bribery offer, the sources say.

The minister’s statement can be crucial as a witness for the confirmation of Singh’s allegations.

Meanwhile, the investigating agency is waiting for Army Chief’s return from Vaishnav Devi tour, the sources say.

Meanwhile, after being asked to register a written complaint regarding his revelation of bribery offer, General Singh has promised the investigative agency of giving a written to do so along with presenting the other evidences to support his claims. The agency has also decided to register an FIR into the case rather than lodging Preliminary enquiry after Singh’s return.

As per the sources, CBI may make Retired Lieutenant General Tejinder Singh an accused after General Singh’s allegations that the retired officer had offered him a bribe to clear a deal of 600 ‘sub-standard’ trucks to be procured by the army.

A CBI team investigating the Tatra Truck deal has sought all the documents related to the deal from the ministry of Defence.

“We will try to find out if norms were deliberately flouted while the deal was finalized or not,” said a CBI official.

Refuting the media reports of having received tapes containing voices regarding the bribery offer, the top investigating agency has denied such reports.


JPN/Bureau