Cong guarded on Army chief`s allegation
Congress came with a guarded response on the controversy over Army chief Gen VK Singh`s allegation that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore.
New Delhi: Congress on Monday came with a
guarded response on the controversy over Army chief Gen VK Singh`s allegation that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14
crore to swing a defence deal and the Defence Minister`s
ordering a CBI inquiry into it.
Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the "right
tradition and convention" established in political parties is
"not commenting on Army and Defence matters", especially
something concerning the Army Chief and hence it is incumbent
on Congress not to comment on the issue.
He at the same time maintained that that there was no
doubt that the Defence Ministry will appropriately look into
the matter if a complaint has been made.
To repeated queries why there was a delay on the part
of Defence Ministry to order a probe into it even as the
compalint was made one and half years back, Singhvi merely
said "I have said what is my party stand. Do not drag me into
facts which I do not know."
A senior Congress leader, speaking on condition of
anonymity, however, said there is "nothing against the
government" in what the Army chief has said as the complaint
relates to either someone in the Army or a lobbyist.
The leader also said there are questions why the Army
chief did not bring up the issue in public domain immediately
after it had happened or whether he made any written
complaint to the government in this regard.