‘Army has taken beating due to Adarsh scam’

Army Chief General V K Singh on Thursday asserted that action will be taken against those found guilty irrespective of who it is.

Updated: Nov 05, 2010, 00:25 AM IST

New Delhi: Perturbed over allegations
against top military officers including some former services
chiefs in the Mumbai housing scam, Army Chief General V K
Singh on Thursday asserted that action will be taken against those
found guilty irrespective of who it is.

Gen Singh said he was "extremely saddened" over the
allegations which have "shamed" his force and its image taken
a beating.

"We are establishing who did what wrong and action will
be taken against those found guilty irrespective of who it
is," he said in interviews to television channels.

Gen.Singh also made known his disapproval of army
chiefs seeking favours and waivers on being asked about
actions of his predecessor Gen Deepak Kapoor.

Facing the heat, Kapoor today met Defence Minister A K
Antony and is understood to have explained his position.

During the 30-minute meeting at the Defence Ministry
here, Kapoor is believed told Antony that he welcomed a probe
into allotments and other complaints against the housing
society.

The Defence Minister subsequently met Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and is believed to have apprised him on the
progress made in the housing scam probe.

The scam resurfaced recently after Western Naval
Commander Vice Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin flagged security
concerns over the 31-storey highrise coming up within the
security perimeter of the naval base in Mumbai.

Today`s meeting took place after Kapoor sought an
appointment to clear the air over the criticism that he and
fellow services Chiefs had got flats for themselves in the
upscale Colaba housing society, though a part of it was meant
for Kargil widows and martyr`s families.

He is also understood to have informed Antony that he
had immediately surrendered the allotment of the apartment in
his name, along with another former Army Chief Gen N C Vij and
former Navy Chief Admiral Madhavendra Singh, soon after
learning that there was a provision for Kargil martyrs in the
housing society.

The 100-metre tall building had reportedly come up
on a 6490-sqmt plot of land that was originally in Army`s
possession since early 1940s.

The Army troops in Mumbai were using it for their
training purposes till 1999-2000, when the land was reportedly
transferred to the housing society for construction of the
apartment building.

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Singh made it clear that none of the guilty will go unpunished if the guilt is established.

Asked whether army men today felt pain and a sense of shame in the wake of the scam, Singh said "yes, they do."

"I think so because nobody knows what the truth is but when it is played out this way obviously people will start saying there is something wrong. Here is a man whom we trusted, here is a person in whom we had faith, here is a person in whose order we were ready to go to battle. I think it will hurt deeply," he added.

"I think it will have a great amount of psychological impact and the second part which is even more larger is that when people look at it and next time we have cases like this, in fact we have martyrs every day," Singh said.

Singh also said the intention of those asking anything for the martyrs will now be doubted.

"People are in operation everyday in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East...People are going to say anybody who is asking for something for martyr in his family is probably looking for personal gain and that is the saddest part of the episode," he added.

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