New Delhi: Under attack over alleged inaction on corruption charges made by Army Chief General VK Singh in his letter to the Prime Minister, Congress troubleshooter Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said that there is no rift between the Government and General.

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No such rift, Defence Ministry has clarified on the floor of the House,” Mukherjee said. His statement has come as a huge relief to both - the Defence Ministry and Gen VK Singh.

Army Chief in an interview on Monday had alleged that a retired Army officer offered him bribe of Rs 14 crore to clear the purchase of substandard trucks and that the government didn't act on his complaint on the issue.

VK Singh, who is due to retire on May 31, in a letter to Manmohan Singh on March 12, 2012, had pointed to a shortage of arms and ammunition in the armed forces and questioned the Indian Army's fighting capability. After the leakage of the letter, he had said that the leakage of the letter should be treated as high treason. He also alleged that the cynical approach to tarnish his reputation should be stopped and sources of the leakage should be found and dealt with ruthlessly.

Defence Minister AK Antony on Friday, however, allegedly that he did not act on a 2009 complaint about a scam in the purchase of vehicles by BEML. According to leaked reports, VK Singh's letter also stated that army tanks have run out of ammunition. It also emphasizes the need to bridge the shortcomings and bring the army to a fighting level.

Earlier on Friday, the CBI registered a case in connection with the supply of all-terrain Tatra trucks through state-owned BEML to the Army. The CBI had also interrogated UK-based Vectra group chief Ravi Rishi.

India is said to be one of the biggest importers of military hardware in the world but bureaucracy hurdles are creating problems.