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Gen VK Singh under scanner for `toppling J&K govt`, seeks legal help

Last Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 14:14

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Under scanner for allegedly trying to topple the Jammu & Kashmir government, former Army chief General VK Singh on Friday rubbished such charges against him and said that he will seek legal help.

Talking to reporters, ex-Army chief said that he is going through legal options and refused to comment on the Army`s recommendation for a probe against him.

Reacting to the reports, Gen VK Singh said, "This is simple vendetta as some people are not comfortable with me sharing the dais with Narendra Modi to espouse the cause of ex-servicemen in the country."

He said if anyone has recommended a probe into the functioning of the unit, then that person is "talking through his hat" as its operations were meant to be secret.

The reaction from the Gen Singh came hours after the Army requested the Defence Ministry to order a high-level probe into the functioning of a top secret intelligence unit set up by Gen VK Singh, suspecting it of carrying out "unauthorised operations" and financial wrongdoings.

The government has also said that it is going through the report against General VK Singh and will initiate probe if any discrepancy is found. "

"We are looking into the matter," Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said.

The Army`s call for a probe has triggered a political storm and the Opposition has called the move as a s political vendetta.

The Army report about the Technical Support Division (TSD), which was accused of illegally tapping phones of senior Defence Ministry officials, has been submitted to the Defence Ministry and it has recommended a probe into the functioning of the unit.

However, the Army does not want to carry out inquiry against the unit on its own as it does not want to be seen as taking action against its former chief.

The report was prepared by Director General Military Operations Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia as part of a Board of Officers (BOO) formed by Gen Bikram Singh to review the functioning of the top secret unit set up under his predecessor.
A leading daily has also claimed that Singh set up the special unit, which tried to topple the Jammu and Kashmir government.

The TSD also tried to block General Bikram Singh`s promotion, it alleged.

It is learnt that the report submitted by the Bhatia-led committee has stated that TSD was allegedly involved in "unauthorised operations" which may have taken place even across the border without the proper clearance from the higher-ups in the Government.

Though Army has refused to comment on the issue, its recommendation of probe against Singh has evoked sharp reactions from the Opposition.

Senior BJP leader Balbir Punj and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi have questioned the timing of the recommendation of probe against Gen Singh.
"When VK Singh was at the helm, speaking up for integrity, he was a hero! Now that he has spoken as an insider, efforts will be to shoot him down," Bedi tweeted this morning.

Speaking to a news channel, Punj said, "The timing of this report is questionable. Gen Singh has been a whistleblower against corrupt practices. He is being punished for speaking against the centre and for his links with Modi."

With Agency inputs

First Published: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 14:14

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