Army chief says was offered 140-mln-rupee bribe: report
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's army chief General Vijay Kumar Singh has said in a newspaper interview that he was offered a bribe of 140 million rupees by an equipment lobbyist, sparking a furore in parliament on Monday.
Singh, who heads the world's second largest standing army, made the allegation in an interview to The Hindu published on Monday.
The army chief said the lobbyist wanted him to clear a tranche of "600 sub-standard vehicles".
"Just imagine, one of these men had the gumption to walk up to me and tell me that if I cleared the tranche, he would give me 14 crore rupees," Singh was quoted as saying.
"He was offering a bribe to me, to the army chief. He told me that people had taken money before me and they will take money after me."
Singh said he informed the Defence Minister A. K. Antony about the incident.
Parliament was briefly adjourned on Monday after lawmakers sought a debate on the issue.
"Already I've taken action," Antony told reporters outside parliament.
(Writing by Tony Tharakan)
- Tweet this
- Share this
- Digg this
DAVOS, Switzerland - Central banks have done their best to rescue the world economy by printing money and politicians must now act fast to enact structural reforms and pro-investment policies to boost growth, central bankers said on Saturday.
Trending On Reuters
India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd posted a smaller-than-expected rise in profit for the third quarter, hit by one-off items including a jump in advertising costs, a higher tax rate and lower income from investments. Full Article | Full coverage