Parl committee quizzes Def Secy,Army Vice Chief on troop movement

They say it was normal process of testing the preparedness of the armed forces.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: April 4, 2012 3:53:12 pm

Members of Parliament today quizzed Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma and Army Vice Chief S K Singh on ‘The Indian Express’ report of suspicious movement of troops near the Capital in January.

Sharma and Singh,appearing before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence,said it was normal process of testing the preparedness of the armed forces,sources said.

The two were asked to appear before the Committee to brief members on recent controversies dogging the armed forces,including the deal to procure Tatra trucks for the Army.

However,this paper’s report dominated the proceedings today.

Committee Chairman Satpal Maharaj asked the Defence Secretary and the Vice Chief of the Army to appear before the Committee on April 9 with complete facts related to the issue,they said.

Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM),P J Kurien (Cong),Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (BJP) and Ram Kirpal Yadav (RJD) raised the issue at the meeting of the Parliamentary Committee.

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