Reacting to The Indian Express story on the findings of an army panel into the dubious workings of a secret intelligence unit set up by former Army Chief Gen V K Singh,the government has said that ‘it has in place measures to prevent any such undesirable activities.’
The Defence Ministry confirmed the IE story,saying that it has ‘received a report from the Army HQ on certain issues relating to one of its ‘outfits’ as reported by a section of the media’. “The report impinges on matters of national security and,as such,the government will take a decision and further actions after a careful examination of the report,” Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said. The govt also said it is yet to take a call on ordering a CBI inquiry. “It is further clarified that MoD has not taken any decision for a CBI inquiry into the issues raised in the Armys Report,” Kar said.
Meanwhile,Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said that the government has taken cognizance of the army inquiry report which found that a military intelligence unit set up by former army chief General V K Singh in 2010 misused funds for various purposes,including to try to topple the Omar Abdullah government in Jammu and Kashmir. The Left parties too demanded action.
“The content of the report which appeared in a newspaper today are under the active consideration of the government and if at all any malfeasance against any serving or retired officers is found,appropriate action would be initiated by the government. The government has also put in place measures to enure that there should never ever be a repeat of some of the things alleged in the report,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters
The Indian Express on Friday reported that a secret Board of Officers Inquiry report into the functioning of the Technical Services Division set up by Singh in May 2010 have found that secret service funds were used to bribe a J&K minister to engineer a change of state government,pay off an NGO to try change the line of succession in the Army top brass and buy off-air interception equipment and to conduct unauthorised.
When asked whether a CBI probe would be ordered,Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said “we are looking into the matter.” The Left parties too demanded action. “If at all that report is true,I am told it is an army report,and the evidence is credible that funds were misused to topple an elected government in a state,then it is a serious thing. The Defence Ministry and the government will have to ack upon that,” senior CPI leader D Raja said. He pointed out that the Army is known for its neutrality. “The allegations becomes all the more serious against this backdrop. The Government will have to initiate appropriate action on the basis of the report. “If there is evidence,government will have to act,” he added.
BJP sought to shield Gen Singh ostensibly on the grounds that he was being hounded for having been seen with party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi last Sunday. General V K Singh is being hounded because he was seen by the side of Narendra Modi,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman reacted in her initial reaction to the report today.
“We caution the government to look into this,as this will result in a complete trust deficit in army and demoralise the army,” she added.