New Delhi, July 15: The CBI today did a U-turn in the Tatra case, filing a chargesheet against Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh on bribery allegations by former army chief and current minister V.K Singh after initially hinting at a closure report for lack of “clinching” evidence.
According to a senior CBI officer, the chargesheet followed fresh evidence, including a CD, shared by V.K Singh of the purported conversation of 2010 in which Tejinder Singh had allegedly made the Rs 14-crore bribe offer to renew a contract for the supply of the Czech-origin trucks.
“We filed the chargesheet against Tejinder Singh before a Delhi court today. The trial in the case will begin soon,” said the officer.
Another CBI officer said the probe didn’t progress much so far as the agency only had a “record of the discussions” in the form of an entry reportedly made by V.K. Singh in his diary mentioning Tejinder’s visit to the then army chief’s office.
“That was not strong evidence and that is why the probe did not progress much initially. But the CD containing the recorded conversation is clinching evidence and enough to file the chargesheet against him (Tejinder Singh),” the officer added.
V.K Singh had alleged that Tejinder Singh had offered the bribe in September 2010 on behalf of Ravi Rishi, owner of the UK-based Vectra group that is a major stakeholder in the firm that makes the trucks.
Today, the CBI officer claimed proof of the Tejinder-Rishi links. “We have established the links between Ravi Rishi and Tejinder Singh and how the latter made the bribe offer,” the officer said.