Attacking Army chief Gen. V. K. Singh for reportedly writing to the Prime Minister about the state of affairs in the force, Union Minister Vayalar Ravi today said this reflects “frustrations” of an individual, who had to withdraw his petition on the age row in the Supreme Court.
Mr. Ravi also felt that the Army chief should have written to Defence Minister A. K. Antony instead as per the “maryada” (decorum).
“I do not know what is the issue. I have not seen the letter. The Army is a disciplined force. (He) could not get an extension even by the court. May be a frustrated man’s utterance,” Mr. Ravi told reporters outside Parliament.
Asked if Gen. Singh should have written to Defence Minister A. K. Antony instead of the Prime Minister on the issue, Mr. Ravi said, “That is the maryada. But I am saying...whatever he does is action of a frustrated individual.”
The issue of the Army chief’s letter to the Prime Minister also led to uproar in the Rajya Sabha, which was adjourned twice till noon. Janata Dal (U) demanded dismissal of the Army chief for “gross indiscipline”.