New Delhi: Amid controversy over alleged
tapping of some sensitive phones in the capital by the Army,
its chief Gen V K Singh today said "necessary action" is being
taken against officers who are behind leaking "fictitious"
stories to the media.
The Army chief also indicated that such stories were
being leaked by people who are "hurt" by his actions against
corruption in the 1.13 million-strong force.
"It (Army) will take necessary action against some of
these officers. Our aim is that we come up with facts upfront
and we don`t hide them. Such fiction has to be countered,"
Singh told reporters.
The Army Headquarters had recently issued a press release
blaming Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh and a few "serving
disgruntled" officers for planting stories in the media about
tapping of sensitive phones by the Army.
Singh was replying to a query about the action against
officers who the Army says were behind leaking these reports.
However, the Army chief did not name the officers
allegedly involved in the episode or their role in it.
"I don`t know what they were doing, you all should know
better," Singh said.
Asked about recent reports that he had purchased a piece
of land in Himachal Pradesh which could not be owned by people
outside the state, the Army Chief said, "Let us not go by this
salacious tarnishing of image that is going on.
"I started with a particular thing and unfortunately this
is hurting a lot of people. We have Adarsh and all kinds of
things where people are feeling that all the wrongdoings have
been exposed. That is the motivation behind all what is being
Singh said if non-Himachalis were there (by buying land),
they must have taken some permission. "There are rules for
that," he said.