Army Chief has lost his mental balance: Lt General Tejinder Singh
New Delhi: Reacting to General VK Singh’s assertion in an interview that he was offered a bribe in the Tatra-BEML deal, Lt General (retd) Tejinder Singh hit back, saying that the Chief of Army Staff had lost his mental balance. “No offer of bribe was made. Why did the Army Chief not make a complaint to the police?” Lt Gen Tejinder Singh asked.
He added, “When bribe is offered, it’s the bounden duty of any public servant to report the matter to the police under section 39 of the CrPC. Gen VK Singh cannot abdicate his responsibility and if that happens, the buck will stop at the Prime Minister. No offer of a bribe was made to Gen VK Singh. These allegations are being made to serve Gen Singh’s vested interests and the facts will come out during the course of the trial.”
General VK Singh had even gone to the extent of calling Lt Gen Tejinder Singh a man with a devious mind. The retired Army officer, however, replied, “He is at liberty to say what he wishes. I would like to quote Brajesh Mishra in an interview to Karan Thapar that Gen Singh has lost his mental balance. Gen Singh made several aspersions against the Supreme Court as well. That clearly indicates that Gen Singh has lost his mental balance.”
He added, “The Army Chief’s vested interest will come out during trial in court. I do not want to talk about it with the media.”
Gen Singh had mentioned in the interview that he had expected more out of Defence Minister AK Antony when the controversy happened. Lt Gen Tejinder Singh said that the Army Chief was simply trying to shift the blame to the Defence Minister now. “He did not go to the police as there were no charges against me,” said the retired Army officer.