A brigadier in the Indian Army is facing inquiry for allegedly threatening a property dealer with dire consequences if he doesn’t make good losses worth Rs 1.3 crore that the two jointly incurred in a failed magazine business.
Taped conversations show that Brigadier Pradip Kumar Tikoo, head of the Military Farms Directorate at the army headquarters in Delhi, threatened to thrash property dealer Vinod Gandhi and even get him abducted.
Here are some shocking excerpts from the tapes:
Brigadier Tikoo: I shall beat you up with shoes. People like you only understand the language of kicks.
Gandhi: Tikoo saab, you aren’t ready to listen. The party is ready to make the payment.
Brigadier Tikoo: Then get me the payment; show him the house from outside.
Gandhi: I have already shown him from outside.
Brigadier Tikoo: Ok. Take the money from him and collect the documents from me.
In another instance, Brigadier Tikoo is heard asking Gandhi to do the job or face the consequence.
Brigadier Tikoo: I will do such a make-up on you that you will remember it for the rest of your life. Get your act together. Don’t act smart with me.
Gandhi: What I am trying to tell you is that.
Brigadier Tikoo: I don’t want to talk to you until.
Gandhi: Sir, please take Rs 50 lakh and close the matter.
Gandhi was even threatened with abduction.
Brigadier Tikoo: I was planning to get you picked up. Whether you stay in Naveen Vihar or Naveen Apartments, I can lay my hands on you whenever I want.
Brigadier Tikoo: And you wouldn’t have an inkling.
A desperate Gandhi, who was involved in possibly dodgy property transactions for Brigadier Tikoo, filed a written complaint to army chief Gen V.K. Singh. Headlines Today has a copy of the complaint.
The complaint alleges that Brigadier Tikoo is a corrupt wheeler-dealer with a fearsome knack for criminal intimidation and extortion and even has accomplices in the CBI.
Despite all attempts, Brigadier Tikoo was unavailable for comment. But the army said it was investigating the allegations and would take action depending on what it found.
It all began in 2004 when Brigadier Tikoo wanted to invest in property and began looking for a trustworthy real-estate dealer. Kulbir Singh, a subordinate, referred him to his brother-in-law Gandhi.
Between 2004 and 2008, Brigadier Tikoo is alleged to have conducted a lot of property transactions through Gandhi. The property dealer has alleged in his complaint that Brigadier Tikoo had access to vast amounts of money.
In 2008, Brigadier Tikoo convinced Gandhi to be his business partner in a magazine called Page 3, allegedly to cleanse black money. The venture turned out to be a disaster. Despite losses suffered by both men, Brigadier Tikoo demanded that Gandhi make good his investment.
By mid-2009, Gandhi began receiving CBI notices on disproportionate assets. He suspects that these notices were sent at the behest of Brigadier Tikoo to pressurise him into paying up.
By the end of 2009, Gandhi handed over to Brigadier Tikoo the papers and keys to a house owned by his mother. But the army officer insisted that Gandhi get the house sold and hand over the money.
Finally in April this year, after recording his phone conversations with the brigadier, Gandhi decided to lodge a complaint with the army chief.
-via India Today