Congress rebuts Manish Tewari's Army troop movement claim, says 'no truth in it'
Hours after Union Minister VK Singh slammed Manish Tewari for his recent claims on Army troops movement in 2012, Congress on Sunday left its former union minister to defend himself on the issue.
New Delhi: Hours after Union Minister VK Singh slammed Manish Tewari for his recent claims on Army troops movement in 2012, Congress on Sunday left its former union minister to defend himself on the issue.
Distancing itself from Tewari's claims, Congress party said that reports about troops' movement were wrong.
"On behalf of Congress we want to clearly and categorically deny this report. There was no such troop movement without information of government," said Congress leader PC Chacko.
"The report which appeared in Indian Express in past, has been denied officially by authenticated sources," added Chacko.
Congress senior leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi also denied any such reports and said there is no truth in any such reports.
"I am again clarifying there is absolutely no truth in it," said Singhvi when asked about the reports and Manish Tewari's recent claims on troops movement in 2012.
Manish Tewari, a member of the Standing Committee of Defence during UPA government, has on Saturday claimed that reports about troops' movement from Hisar towards Delhi in 2012 were true.
The Indian Express had on April 4, 2012, reported that late on the night of January 16, 2012 (the day then Army Chief General VK Singh approached the Supreme Court on his date of birth issue), central intelligence agencies reported an unexpected (and non-notified) movement by a key military unit from the mechanised infantry based in Hisar (Haryana) as a part of the 33rd Armoured Division (which is a part of 1 Corps, a strike formation based in Mathura and commanded by Lt Gen A K Singh) in the direction of the capital, 150 km away.