Tatra bribe case: former Army top gun is arrested

New Delhi :  Lt. Gen. (retd) Tejinder Singh was taken into custody on Monday after a court rejected his bail plea over allegations that he offered bribe to then army chief Gen V K Singh for clearing “sub-standard” Tatra trucks for the army.

Tejinder Singh later moved the Delhi High Court challenging the trial court order. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special judge Madhu Jain dismissed Tejinder Singh’s bail plea and ordered that he be taken into custody. Delhi High Court judge Justice Pratibha Rani will on Tuesday hear his plea challenging the trial court order of sending him to judicial custody till October 20.

The CBI judge on Monday noted that Tejinder Singh was holding the rank of Lt. General in the Indian Army, retired from the post and offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore to then army general.

The court said he should not be shown any mercy merely for the reasons that the investigation agency did not arrest him during the whole probe.

Tejinder Singh appeared in the CBI court following summons issued Aug 28. Senior Public Prosecutor V K Sharma, countering his bail plea, argued that the law of land was equal for all and if a small thief is sent to jail under the provisions of law, then no leniency should be shown to a person who retired from the rank of Lt. General in the Indian Army.

Tejinder Singh offering a bribe of Rs.14 crore was not a small offence, the judge said. “In my view, the submission of the senior public prosecutor for CBI bears force,” the court said. The court observed that there was a statement by V K Singh and the recorded proceedings of parliament where this issue was raised. “Hence no ground for bail to applicant Lt. Gen. (retd) Tejinder Singh. His application is dismissed,” the court said in its order.

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