The Asian Age

Re­tired Lt. Gen. de­nied bail, sent to jail in V. K. Singh bribe case


A Spe­cial Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion court on Mon­day dis­missed the bail plea of for­mer Lt. Gen. Te­jin­der Singh ( 64) and sent him be­hind bars in con­nec­tion with a case lodged against him for of­fer­ing a bribe of ` 14 crore to for­mer Army Chief Gen­eral V. K. Singh for clear­ing Ta­tra ve­hi­cles file.

The court re­fused to take le­nient view to­wards Mr Singh and can­celled his bail plea. “No Mercy should be taken to­wards the ac­cused,” the court noted and fixed the mat­ter for Oc­to­ber 20.

Mr Singh had ap­peared be­fore the spe­cial CBI court in pur­suance to the sum­mons is­sued to him. He told the court that he had been sup­port­ing the CBI dur­ing the probe and moved a bail ap­pli­ca­tion. The de­fence coun­sel ap­pear­ing for him ar­gued that there was no ap­pre­hen­sion of tam­per­ing with the ev­i­dence in the case and he should be granted bail. The de­fence coun­sel ar­gued that Mr Singh was be­ing falsely im­pli­cated in the case. The CBI of­fi­cial op­posed Mr Singh’s bail plea and said that no le­niency should be shown to him as of­fer­ing a bribe to Army Chief was not a small of­fence. The court after hear­ing the sub­mis­sion dis­missed the bail plea of Te­jin­der Singh.

The CBI of­fi­cial present in the court ar­rested Mr Singh as soon as the court pro­nounced its or­der against him. Mr Singh was taken to the lock up from where he was sent to Ti­har Jail. The court has re­manded Mr Singh to ju­di­cial cus­tody till Oc­to­ber 20.

“The law of land should be equal for all and if a per­son who com­mits a theft of ` 1,000 is sent to the jail un­der the pro­vi­sions of law with­out any mercy, then a per­son who was hold­ing the rank of Lt. Gen. in the Army and who re­tired from this post and of­fered a bribe of ` 14 crores to the then Army gen­eral should not be shown any mercy by the court,” the court noted.

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