New Delhi : In a move that has perplexed senior officers of the Indian Army, the CBI, which was to investigate the Army chief’s allegation that he was offered a bribe in a defence deal, has outsourced the case to the CID. The case will now be handled by ACP Pradyuman and his team.
In a statement, the CBI has cited “too much work” for the decision. “ACP Pradyuman’s team has a fine track record over the last fifteen years in solving all kinds of cases. We are confident that they will crack this case of allegation of bribe too in two to three episodes,” it said.
Inspired by CBI’s decision, even the Intelligence Bureau which was asked to probe who leaked the letter of the Army chief to the PM, has decided to rope in the CID team.
ACP Pradyuman will be assisted by inspectors Abhijeet and Daya in the case. During the briefing, Pradyuman told his team, “We are dealing with the Army and about purchases relating to arms and ammunition. So I do not need to remind you that goli kahin se bhi chal sakti hai.”
Tenali Rama has learnt that specific instructions were given to Abhijeet telling him “Sheher main jitne bhi arms and truck ke dealers hain sab ka pata lagao.” Daya and others were asked to scout around Sena Bhavan. “Iss Sena Bhavan ka chappa chappa chaan maaro Daya, yahaan zarur mujrim ke ungliyon ke nishaan honge.”
Fredericks has been asked to get the fingerprints of the PM, Defence minister A K Antony, the Army chief, Tejinder Singh and Digvijay Singh. When Tenali Rama asked why Diggy Raja’s fingerprints were sought, reliable sources in the CID said he has been included because he usually has a hand in every controversy in the country.
CID officers are confident they can crack the high-profile case. They have also sought permission for Daya to break open any door in Sena Bhavan and the Army HQ.
The only hurdle is that the audio recording of the alleged bribe offer is reportedly missing from the Army HQ. When Tenali Rama asked ACP Pradyuman about it, he admitted, “Hum bhi soch rahen hai ki aakhir CD gayi to gayi kahan.” The needle of suspicion is pointing to a staffer and Abhijeet was overheard telling his boss, “Sir yeh aise muh nahi kholega.” The ACP promptly told Daya, “Isse bureau le kar chalo. Wahin batayega ki offer diya to diya kisne.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan and China have evinced interest in airing the CID episodes where they show how the team cracked this defence case. Negotiations are on with Sony Entertainment channel for acquiring dubbing rights and simultaneous telecast in the two countries.