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V K Singh dismisses Manish Tewari’s remarks, Cong says no truth in Express troop movement story

Manish Tewari, while speaking at a book launch yesterday, said that the story is "unfortunate but true".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 10, 2016 12:12:52 pm
vk singh, vk singh troop movement, manish tewari “Manish Tewari ji has nothing to do these days. There is this book of mine, ask him to read it and every thing will be clear to him,” VK Singh said.

Reacting to former UPA minister Manish Tewari’s remarks on The Indian Express troop movement report, Union minister and former Army chief V K Singh said that the Congress leader has “nothing to do these days”.

“Manish Tewari ji has nothing to do these days. There is this book of mine, ask him to read it and every thing will be clear to him,” VK Singh said.

Tewari, while speaking at a book launch on Saturday, said that the story is “unfortunate but true”.

Video | Indian Express story on troops’ movement ‘true’: Manish Tewari (App users click here)

The Congress party, however, denied there is any truth in the story and that some troop movements are “necessary, inbuilt and inevitable part of the defence mechanism”.

“I’m again clarifying there is absolutely no truth in it. My colleague (M Tewari) was neither a member of the cabinet committee on security nor any of relevant decision making body. It was inappropriate, unnecessary and completely wrong to suggest there was truth in those allegations when made,” said party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

Tewari has found an ally in senior party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar as he told ANI: “It appears, something did happen that night which was against the Constitution and democracy.”

Read | Lt-Gen A K Choudhary: ‘Troop movement should’ve been avoided if they knew (V K Singh’s) court date’ 

In its report, The Indian Express had stated that late on the night of January 16 (the day the then Army Chief, General V K Singh approached the Supreme Court on his date of birth issue), intelligence agencies had reported an unexpected (and non-notified) movement by a key military unit, from the Mechanised Infantry based in Hisar as a part of the 33 Armoured Division in the direction of Delhi. A large element of the airborne 50 Para Brigade based at Agra was also observed moving towards Delhi around that time.

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