From once being tipped to head the technical intelligence agency NTRO (National Technical Research Organization) to the eye of a bribery scandal raised by the Army chief V K Singh, life seems to have come a full circle for retd Lieutenant General Tejinder Singh.
It has been a wild swing of fortunes for him since TOI exposed the Adarsh Housing Scam in October, 2010.
Defence minister A K Antony on Tuesday formally named Lt Gen Tejinder Singh, who held crucial appointments, including the command of a frontline corps, during his long career in the Army, in the Rajya Sabha as the man who offered the Rs 14 crore bribe to Gen Singh for clearing the purchase of Tatra vehicles.
In 2010, when his name figured among the owners of apartments in Adarsh Society, the Centre moved swiftly to end the proposal for appointing Singh as the NTRO chief. He had only retired a few months earlier as the chief of Defence Intelligence Agency, the tri-service intelligence agency set up after the Kargil conflict of 1999, after taking charge of it in October 2008.
According to sources, the purported meeting between Army chief Gen Singh and Tejinder Singh took place sometime in September, 2010. The Army chief says, he had asked Tejinder to get out of his office when he offered him the bribe and also immediately reported the matter to Antony.
The meeting was filed by the Army chief in his memory for over a year-and-a-half. Now, with Gen Singh discussing the meeting in public, Tejinder Singh is back in public scrutiny, and the focus of a CBI probe.
For those, who have been closely watching the Army chief’s age controversy, there is another sub-text to the entire issue involving Tejinder Singh. And what happened over the past year or so, when Gen Singh went all out to establish that his year of birth was 1951, may have contributed to the Army chief’s decision to discuss the bribe offer now.
Tejinder Singh was among those at the forefront of an anti-Gen Singh campaign, distributing a host of documents to mediapersons to rubbish his claim. Those close to the Army chief also suspect that Tejinder was also the key player who prompted some of the most damaging articles against Gen Singh.
Tejinder has initiated legal proceedings for defamation against the Army chief and others, but it may not mean much since the CBI has begun a probe into the bribery case.
-via The Times of India.