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Nasir Aslam Wani demands probe by sitting SC judge into VK Singh controversy

Last Updated: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 18:26

Srinagar: National Conference Provisional President Nasir Aslam Wani has demanded a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge into recent allegations against former army chief General VK Singh that he attempted to destabilise the Jammu and Kashmir Government.

“According to a national daily there was an article that VK Singh tried to destabilise the Omar Abdullah Government. If it is true then it creates a question on the 2010 situation here. If this report is true, this will create a bad impact on the people of the country,” he said.

“The National Conference Party demands that there should a high level probe into this matter, and we request for a sitting Supreme Court judge to investigate the matter. And if that is not possible, at least a CBI enquiry should be done. And we also demand that all those people involved in this, should be made known to the public, and punished,” he added.

Media reports have claimed that General (Retd.) Singh set up a special unit in the army which tried to destabilise the Jammu and Kashmir Government. The report claims that a secret Board of Officers inquiry has recommended that the CBI should look into the matter.

Media report also claims that the unit set up by General (Retd.) V K Singh called the Technical Services Division (TSD), a part of Military Intelligence, tried to block General Bikram Singh``s promotion.

Confirming the findings of an army inquiry panel into the dubious workings of a secret intelligence unit set up in 2010 by General (Retd.) Singh, the government on Friday said it had taken steps to prevent such ``undesirable activities``, but was yet to decide about ordering a CBI inquiry.

"The report impinges on matters of national security and, as such, the government will take a decisions and further actions after a careful examination of the report," said Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar, confirming that the government had received a report from Army Headquarters about the functioning of the now-disbanded unit called Technical Services Division (TSD).

"It is further clarified that the MoD has not taken any decision for a CBI inquiry into the issues raised in the army``s report," Kar said. The reports said that the Board of Officers`` recommendation has been examined by the Prime Minister``s Office (PMO) and the Ministry of Defence.

The report was prepared by Director General Military Operations Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia as part of a Board of Officers (BOO) formed by General Bikram Singh to review the functioning of the top secret unit set up under his predecessor.


First Published: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 18:26

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