VK Singh’s mindset communal: NC leader

National Conference leader Mustafa Kamal on Friday said that the former Army chief Gen VK Singh’s action was an attack on democratic credentials of the country and ‘lofty ideas’.

Updated: Sep 20, 2013, 11:17 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Srinagar: With reports doing the rounds that the Indian Army has 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, National Conference leader Mustafa Kamal on Friday said that the former Army chief’s action was an attack on democratic credentials of the country and ‘lofty ideas’.

Commenting on the reports that the secret unit was meant for carrying out "unauthorised operations" and financial wrongdoings, Kamal alleged that the ex-Army chief’s ‘mindset was communal and that is why he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’.

The Army report about the Technical Support Division, 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, reports said.

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.

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.

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.