Coup fears not reason for calling back Def Secy

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 19:55

Swati Chaturvedi

New Delhi: Sources have denied claims that the government had asked Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma to cut short his trip to Malaysia in January this year amid fears of a coup.

The Indian Express had on Wednesday morning published a full page report claiming that the Indian Army had moved two units towards New Delhi without notifying the government on January 16.

The incident happened on a day when Army Chief General VK Singh had moved the Supreme Court over his date of birth row.

The newspaper had mentioned in its report that Defence Secretary Sharma was instructed to cut short his visit to Malaysia and that after returning home, he sought an explanation from Lt Gen A K Choudhary, Director General Military Operations, on the suspected movement of two Army units and its purpose.

However, highly placed government sources confirmed to Zee News that Sharma was called back early but to sign an affidavit which the government had to submit in the apex court in connection with the Army Chief’s age row petition.

Sources underlined the move had nothing to do with any coup fears. Also, no such linkage was drawn by either the Army of the PMO.

First Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 19:21

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