New Delhi: Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh on Tuesday slapped a criminal defamation case against Army Chief V K Singh and others in a Delhi court, rejecting allegations that he had offered Rs 14 crore as bribe to the General to strike a defence deal.

Giving a new twist to the raging controversy, Tejinder Singh said that the Army Chief had recommended to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in May-June 2010 to consider appointing him as the head of the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO).

In his defamation suit filed in a Magistrate's court, Tejinder Singh asked the court to summon and initiate proceedings against Gen Singh for making the ‘libellous’ statement against him in the media.

Tejinder Singh, who retired in 2010 from the post of director general of Defence Intelligence Agency, asked the court to summon and initiate proceedings against the Army chief and others for making the libellous statement in media.

The Army Chief had claimed in media interviews that a lobbyist, who had just retired, offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore for clearing a file relating to purchase of a tranche of 600 ‘sub-standard’ vehicles of a particular make and he had immediately informed Defence Minister AK Antony about it.

In a suo motu statement in the Rajya Sabha, Antony said that the Army Chief had told him about Tejinder Singh allegedly offering him the bribe, which he heard with "shock" and asked him to take action against the person.

But the Army Chief did not want to pursue the matter for unknown reasons, the minister said.

Tejinder Singh, in his complaint, said the Army Chief had leveled false allegation against him in a press release issued on March 5 in order to get his name cleared from the phone tapping controversy.

The retired Lt Gen in his defamation case said: "The statement and allegation against the complainant (Lt Gen Tejinder Singh) are entirely baseless, false and concocted."

Responding to a legal notice sent by Tejinder Singh, the counsel for Army Chief said the press release accusing him and other retired and serving officers of planting stories against General Singh was based on true fact. He accused Tejinder Singh of trying to defame Gen Singh.

Accusing that the officers misused their official position, power and authority to level false charges against him, the retired Lt General in his complaint has also named SK Singh (Vice-Chief of Army staff), Lt Gen BS Thakur (DGMI), Major General SL Narshiman (Additional Director General of Public Information) and Lt Col Hitten Sawhney (GSO-I Directorate General of Public Information).