The Trinamool Congress MP whose May 2011 demand for a probe into a complaint of procurement scams against Lt Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag was sent to the CBI by Gen. V K Singh this week,feels that the action on his letter was deliberately timed and motivated.
83-year-old Ambica Banerjee,Lok Sabha MP from Howrah,told The Indian Express today that he had received information on substandard defence purchases at higher rates by the Army from very reliable sources,and had been disheartened when no action was taken on his letter.
I did not know the veracity of the inputs provided to me,but I wanted to ensure that the defence minister or the Prime Ministers Office began an inquiry to establish the truth. Unfortunately,neither the defence minister nor the PMO took cognizance of the complaint. Now it (the letter) has suddenly surfaced to the embarrassment of many, Banerjee said.
I only received a receipt of the letter I had sent. I did not appreciate it. I am not complaining,but I was certainly disheartened. Action would have given the government credibility, he added.
Now,Banerjee said,many people seem to be in deep trouble. I feel sorry for Lt Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag too,because it is not established yet if the allegations are true or false,and the controversy has cast a shadow over his career.
Banerjee clarified he had addressed his letter to the Prime Minister and the defence minister. The Army General (V K Singh) was merely sent a copy of the letter for his information and knowledge. It was not addressed to the General.
Banerjee said the reliable sources who had tipped him off were not in the Army. It was not from the Army or any defence personnel. It was from the supply chain. But I cannot disclose my sources.
Banerjee recalled that he had also written to the defence establishment and the PMO about the Adarsh scam and,then too,the letter had been leaked to the press.
And within days, Banerjee said,there was a letter from (former Army Chief) Gen Deepak Kapoor to me saying that I should have been more cautious before bringing allegations against an officer who had served the country with loyalty and dedication and won many gallantry awards… Later,of course,investigations revealed that there were elements of truth in my letter.