Govt says report that its official leaked Army Chief letter is baseless

The government issued a strong denial,calling the report “completely baseless”

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 14, 2012 2:07 am

Shortly after the Press Trust of India (PTI) released a report,quoting sources,that said a senior official posted at the Cabinet Secretariat had been found guilty of leaking a letter written by Army Chief General V K Singh to PM Manmohan Singh,the government today issued a strong denial,calling the report “completely baseless.”

Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth clarified to TV channels immediately that the report was wrong and the Press Information Bureau issued a statement from the government. “The government denies that there is any truth in the PTI report on the alleged leak of Gen V K Singh’s letter to the PM. The story is completely baseless,” it said.

The quick denial was in response to a detailed PTI report that alleged that a female joint secretary-level officer belonging to the Indian Economic Service,handling the charge of intelligence agencies under the Cabinet Secretariat,had been found guilty of leaking the letter describing glaring deficiencies in military preparedness.

However,it is learnt that no woman officer from the IES has been posted with the Cabinet Secretariat — at present or in the recent past. When contacted,PTI editor V Mohan Narayan said. “We have run a story. The government has issued a denial. That is also part of our story”.

Sources said the report into the leak has not been submitted so far.

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