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Tatra deal cuffs

New Delhi, Sept. 1: Former Lieutenant General Tejinder Singh was sent to jail today by a Delhi court in connection with the Tatra bribery case against him.

He was taken into custody after the court rejected his bail plea. Singh is accused of offering Rs 14 crore in March 2012 to former army chief V.K. Singh for clearing a tranche of “sub-standard” Tatra trucks for the army.

The CBI, which probed the allegations, had done a U-turn and chargesheeted Tejinder Singh in July after initially hinting that it might file a closure report in the case because of lack of evidence.

Later, the agency said it had got enough evidence to nail the accused.

The trial court had taken cognisance of the chargesheet and relied upon the statement of former defence minister A.K. Antony who is the prosecution witness in the case along with V.K. Singh, who is now the junior external affairs minister.

Antony was also the complainant in the case.

In October 2012, V.K Singh had alleged that a retired officer (whom he did not name) had offered him Rs 14 crore to renew a contract for Tatra trucks. He also alleged that he had informed the defence minister about it.

A couple of days later, Antony had ordered a CBI probe into the bribery allegations.