Brig Singh seeks changes in Kargil Review report
After getting partial relief from the Armed Forces Tribunal on his role in the Kargil war, Brigadier Devindar Singh has filed a petition seeking changes in the Kargil Review Committee report.
New Delhi: After getting partial relief from
the Armed Forces Tribunal on his role in the Kargil war,
Brigadier Devindar Singh has filed a petition seeking changes
in the Kargil Review Committee report to absolve him and his
unit of the "blame" for allowing Pakistani intrusion in 1999.
"The factual misrepresentation of the Kargil Review
Committee should be corrected as it is falsely depicting 70
Brigade as responsible for the Drass sector from April-end
towards detection of intrusion in May 1999 and thereby
standing liable for intrusion-related blame," Singh has
contended in his plea.
Asking for corrections in the report, he has contended
that his formation 70 Brigade had entered the sector in May
1999 only and had "never assumed" the responsibility of the
Line of Control (LoC) along with Pakistan there.
In his plea, Singh stated that he was "highly
apprehensive" of the Committee`s report as he and his unit`s
"honour and military reputation" were getting affected by it.
The Kargil Review Committee had tabled its report about
the factors leading to the short-war in 1999 and its
recommendations for tightening the security and intelligence
apparatus in Parliament on February 23, 2000.
The Army has also filed a review petition against the
Tribunal order in May, which held that three paragraphs in the
official war records must be rewritten to correctly reflect
the role played by the then Batalik-based 70 Infantry Brigade
commander Devinder Singh, who has since retired.
While the Army maintains as no correction in official
records is needed, it will not challenge the Tribunal order to
expunge Singh`s Annual Confidential Report (ACR) written by
then 15 Corps commander Lt-General Kishan Pal.
The Tribunal had held the ACR was "not written in an
objective and unbiased manner" after Singh complained his
successes as the 70 Infantry Brigade commander had been
downplayed, denying him a gallantry medal and promotion.