New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has written to the Defence Ministry on the bribery allegations made by Army Chief General VK Singh requesting that all signed documents, files and correspondence related to the Tatra truck deal be kept in safe custody.
The agency, which is investigating the bribery allegation levelled by General Singh against a former Army officer for offering him Rs 14 crore to clear the purchase of sub-standard trucks for the forces, has asked the Defence Ministry that all other related documents should also be preserved.
Sources say that the CBI is waiting for a written complaint from General Singh to begin formal investigations. A team of CBI officers is expected to meet General Singh when he returns from an official tour in Srinagar on Friday.
A tape of the alleged bribery incident, whose veracity is to be determined, is currently with the agency. A former Army officer has claimed that a tape recording of the bribe offer made to General VK Singh exists.
According to Colonel (Retired) RSN Singh the tape has recorded the voice of a man who says that Army chiefs before General VK Singh have accepted money. In the tape a man reportedly tells Army Chief General VK SIngh that Army chiefs after him will also be taken care of.
The tape reportedly has the Army Chief ordering the man to out of his office after the man offered bribe for clearing the purchase of sub-standard all-terrain vehicles for the forces.