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Updated: September 21, 2013 08:03 IST

Report on V.K. Singh’s ‘secret’ intelligence unit raises storm

    Vinay Kumar
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The government on Friday said it will take decision on actions to be taken on an Army report about a secret intelligence unit set up by Gen V.K. Singh after its careful examination while asserting that it had measures in place to prevent any such “undesirable” activity. File photo
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The government on Friday said it will take decision on actions to be taken on an Army report about a secret intelligence unit set up by Gen V.K. Singh after its careful examination while asserting that it had measures in place to prevent any such “undesirable” activity. File photo

Guilty will be taken to task, says govt.; BJP claims ex-Army Chief is "hounded" for sharing platform with Modi

A controversy broke out on Friday over a report in The Indian Express which, quoting a secret Army report, said the former Army Chief, General V.K. Singh, had set up Technical Services Division, a secret intelligence unit, and misused secret funds to try and topple the Omar Abdullah government, and to try and change the line of succession in the Army’s brass.

The report sent the political temperatures soaring and a slugfest erupted between the Congress and the BJP. While the BJP questioned the timing of the report and cautioned the UPA government against “undermining” institutions such as the defence forces, the Congress strongly refuted the charge that the report was part of a vendetta. The BJP claimed that General (retired) Singh was being “hounded” for sharing the platform with its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at a recent rally of ex-servicemen in Haryana.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said: “Nothing can be more baseless and laughable than this allegation. The UPA government never engages in politics on the sensitive issue of security ... In such sensitive matters, the government has a responsibility to discharge its duty, which it will do with full responsibility.”

The Army report was “under active consideration of the government” and appropriate action would be initiated against the guilty. He said he found it surprising that “whenever there is an allegation regarding the alleged subversion of an institution … the BJP is found jumping to the defence of such individuals.”

He hoped that “behind all these incidents, there is not the alleged invisible hand of the BJP and, of course, the spectre and shadow of the RSS always looming in the background.”

The government admitted to having received a report from the Army headquarters on “certain issues relating to one of its outfits, as reported in a section of the media.”

The Defence Ministry said in a statement, “The report impinges on matters of national security and, as such, the government will take a decision and further action after a careful examination of the report.” The government had in place measures to prevent any such “undesirable activities.” It clarified that it had not taken any decision on a CBI inquiry into the issues raised in the Army’s report, which said the TSD (Technical Services Division) was involved in unauthorised operations and financial wrongdoings.

The report was prepared by Director-General (Military Operations) Lt. Gen. Vinod Bhatia as part of a Board of Officers inquiry formed by Army Chief General Bikram Singh to review the functioning of the top secret unit set up during the tenure of his predecessor. The report was submitted to the Defence Ministry in March and is learnt to have recommended a probe by an external agency like the CBI.

At a press conference, BJP’s national spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said the allegations, levelled in the report, were of “very serious nature.” She questioned the government as to who stopped it from taking appropriate action when the report was submitted to it in March.

“To see a BJP conspiracy in every one of this government’s failure highlights how this government is fast losing the trust of people. The BJP cautions the government that they stop playing with the morale of the defence forces by hitting them purely because they have difficulties handling a retired or a serving chief of the armed force,” she said.

The Indian Army, unlike some armies in the neighbourhood, had kept best of traditions and proudly served under elected civilian governments, she said. She hit out at the UPA government for undermining institutions such as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Central Vigilance Commission.

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The "enquiry" into the allegations on the working of TSD was supposed to be "SECRET", i.e., the "findings" of the "enquiry" are not supposed to be known to outsiders, and not supposed to be leaked out. Therefore, any such findings, "leaked out", cannot be accepted as true or false, or even partially so. However, there is a frightening side to it, because the TDS itself was not just "secret", but TOP SECRET, and vital for the security of the whole nation, especially against terrorist and other attacks from foreign countries. Even the very existence of TSD ought not have been publicly advertised. If anybody "leaks" anything purporting to any aspect of its working, he or she is committing TREASON, because it can help our enemies. Also General Bhatia's advise for a "fuller probe by an external agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)" is absolutely terrifying.

from:  vorpal
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 20:49 IST

Cannot understand the motive behind the ex chief's attempt to topple
J&K govt, a BJP govt is not possible in J&K and i do not think he
himself was going to contest from J&K. If such an attempt would have
been made it must have a strong motive or some political backup. We
all know that some of the politicians in J&K have been accused of
having connections with the militants in such a scenario it is in the
interest of security to monitor few politicians. First of all it was
insensitive to let a secret report go public and since it is out now
it gives an impression of being incomplete or one sided. We all know
the functions and secret operations performed by intelligence agencies
like R&AW, IB and defense intelligence are inappropriate but in the
long term they are necessary for the country's security.

from:  satyender
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 17:58 IST

I failed to understand why BJP is telling its a political conspiracy. Inquiry was carried out by
army not the congress... And he is found involved in conspiracy... There is no politics
involved. He must be punished if guilty..

from:  Ramesh AK
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 17:55 IST

Why Indian Express was sleeping for so many days?

from:  Mandar
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 14:40 IST

No Army Chief has done more harm to the prestige of that post than
Gen. V K Singh. His graceless wrangling for changing his DOB just
before his retirement and even going to the Court against the govt on
that matter had not only left a bad impression about him but also
dragged that post to the lowest level. Even without waiting for a
cooling period after retirement he appeared on the stage with Anna and
Ramdev in Delhi fighting against the govt.Now he is seen with Modi on
stage and seems to be waiting to join the political band wagon. We
have seen several army chiefs in the past retiring gracefully. People
respect them and every one listens to what they say. Nobody is against
a retired general joining a political party, but there should be a
reasonable gap after retirement.Otherwise it will create doubts about
their motives and their actions while in service. Now let the
allegations against V K Singh brought out by a newspaper be probed
before we defend him.

from:  K V Ravindran
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 13:49 IST

Mr. Singh has irreversibly altered the equation between the government, the army and the public. He should have been brought to book a long time ago but the government let the problem fester till it became a full blown problem. Now everything will play out in the political arena and the army report will be buried in wave after wave of rhetoric.

from:  Kartick
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 13:42 IST

Dear S Nityananda , please know the facts , this confidential report was given by govt only. what happened to action against same author wrote last year about troops movement , later found wrong. I agree with u that BJP should not take his side, but not because of the reason you are giving. the reason is govt wants people should discuss modi factor and stage sharing etc and get away easily or ban his book coming after 2 weeks. do u know why govt is scared or taking revenge from him , let me tell u. 1. he started projects to make army's own war weapons (so he technically hold some deals) 2. he opposed tetra deal where India paid 1 crore for a 25 lakh tractor. 3. actively started highly intelligence unit to notice the pak and china activities , now this unit is closed and we know what all happening at boarders. How come someone can topple govt by 1.19 crore, rubbish , that too pay to independent candidate when govt is in majority. CBI enquiry means not trusting the person of integrity.

from:  naveen
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 13:17 IST

Whatever the polity and whosoever is playing but the subtle truth is that common people of Kashmir; the people who have nothing to do with profiles of Omar, Singh and likes; are being killed for no fault of theirs. It will continue till the immoral things like AFSPA and all are not removed. And people here do speak of toppling the government, it is the government dictated by New Delhi and whenever they need to topple it, they can and they will. Thanks for digesting truth.

from:  QM Bhat
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 13:17 IST

Very unfortunate that such an issue has come up concerning the retired chief of Indian Army. In the first case how did the media (in particular the news agency that published it) came to know of such a high profile security related paper? Come on man..... the citizens of India can very well understand the intentions behind the govt of the day.

from:  SV Ramachandran
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 13:00 IST

General VKS is not even a BJP member, so why all the indignation from the BJP ? This gives rise to the possibility that the BJP is cultivating various "sympathisers" within the establishment.
There should be nothing wrong in letting a formal investigation take its course, without everyone giving his / her amateurish advice on the issue.
If the report is found to be frivolous with intention to cause harm, the Govt must exercise the option to punish the authors also.

from:  S Nityananda
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 10:58 IST

These are not democratic norm to be followed by ruling party. When
high profile member of society join politics other than ruling party,
they find fault in his creditability. If Nandan Nilkeni desire to
join any opposing party they will find corruption and lapses in
ambitious project of AADHAR. We have recently witnessed intimidation
of Shri Yogendra Yadav.But this is other case and related to security
of the nation hence government should think before taking any action
merely for political gain.

from:  Atul Warhekar
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 10:50 IST

This govt.has no locus standi/moral right to question not only V.K.Singh's "actions" etc but in case of other persons too in the face of its shameful defence/hide&seek game in missing coal files case/italian marines case/lootings etc.

from:  ramachandrasekaran
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 10:14 IST

I donot understand what type of Democracy we have in congress regime.It
gives benefits to the line tower of congress-such as Mulayam & BSP
supremo for creating wealth as CBI has given clean chit to them where as
willing to punish to the retired general v.k.singh but why as because
he had supported to MODI & BJP line?

Congress please do not destroy our democracy and donot use your tools to
defame your opponents on some created allegations.

from:  sdhaniwal
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 10:11 IST

People are aware of the facts behind the untimely action against Gen. V.K. Singh. VK Singh is retired and relieved from his responsibilities. If the Govt or CBI woke up now, it is too late.

from:  Gnanam
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 09:33 IST

These allegations only provide ammunition & weakens our position on
Kashmir. Clearly the government lacks will to follow procedures &
inclined more to settle political vendetta

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 09:24 IST

The retired Military oficer General V.K.Singh was seen in the company
of Anna hazare earlier. When Hazare lost his credibility, he was in
search of another salvage vessal, and in Modi he seems to have found
one. But he should remember that the politicians are unreliable lot
and may not hesitate to dump you on the mid sea if that serves their
purpose. The best any retired officer can do is to join creative arts
like literature, freelance journalism , fine arts, writing books etc.
Politics is not a resort for them , as Shakespeare said centuries ago
" Politics is the last resort of the scoundrels " holds true even
today. And more , they should remember that rolling stones never
gather any moss .

from:  Bharatrbhai R pandya
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 09:10 IST

Hi, I am not sure about retired military officials joining political
part after retirement. There should be some norm / ban for top
bureaucrats officials joining political party after retirement. This
comment not only for this person and should be applied to all.
Government should decide the cadre up to which can be a ban. I strongly
feel there should be some ban persons joining political party
immediately after their career in Government.

from:  V. Veethividangan
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 09:08 IST

It may be Politics or may not be. Unfortunately everything in India becomes a Political Issue, thanks to all the Great Political Parties in India. I don't find any difference in the functioning style of Indian Political Parties, they all are the same Garbage. It is not a small allegation, it is the responsibility of the Government and Mr.V.K.Singh to prove themselves. But what BJP is trying to prove here? I think BJP is doing more damage to itself by jumping into conclusions so soon. They should wait till Mr.Singh proves himself innocent. Politicising such a grave allegation would definitely be detrimental for the Country.

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 07:35 IST

Good balanced reporting on such a sensitive issue. However it would have been great if you
had also reported that the said internal investigation report from army was received by the government way back in March !!! For an issue of such a national disaster (if true) the government has done nothing for so many months is in itself baffling !! It is the timing of the leak (to the same source that reported a failed coup attempt in 2012 of tanks marching from agra to delhi) and the alleged inaction for so many months after receiving the internal investigation report, that leaves the govt with a lot of questions to answer.

from:  Gajamani G
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 07:29 IST

This and other similar activities of ruling party brings back the memory of EMERGENCY related actions carried out by the same party. Nothing is unusual in politics and every stone will be turned against any opponent of ruling bunch, gone are the days of fight over principles, policies and people oriented manifestos.There will be more of such news as we approach 2014 election day.

from:  V.Sivasubramaniam
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 06:43 IST

The Government has lost credibility on all fronts-- from corruption to nuclear deal to law enforcement. It has now all but given up hope of winning in 2014. The Army is one of the few institutions in the nation that still commands respect and trust. The Congress is terrified that retired army personnel are gravitating towards the BJP and this latest 'leak' may be seen as a cautionary message to serving and retired personnel.

Such negative tactics only boomerang in the long run. On the face of it what would anyone, let alone the Army Chief gain by toppling the Omar Abdullah government? He is a lightweight to put it gently.

from:  N.S. Rajaram
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 05:28 IST

Let the people give a verdict on honesty to serving the nation whether UPA regime or Gen VK Singh?

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 03:14 IST

Sunny Deol joined BJP, was issued notice to pay 6 crore tax. Vivek
Oberoi went with Ganesh Visarjan procession organized by BJP, later
was issued notice to pay 40 lakh tax. Ramdev supports Modi, later
is detained at UK airport on an information from govt that he may
have objectionable things with him. Now this nonsense with
V.K.Singh. Congress stooping to such deplorable levels.

from:  Rajiv
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 03:00 IST

I think political parties needs to take down and ruminate any news related to national security slowly. And we as civilians should not get into the habit of reacting maliciously everytime we hear of such allegations and accusations are made.
BJP also needs to understand that even in the times of heading towards elections 2014 there are so many things which are probably bigger than MODI. They seem to be obssessed with the person which is not a good sign for us as voters when we are looking for a change.

from:  Neha Dagaonkar
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 02:57 IST

A good democratic governance is one in which everything gets auto-
checked / counter checked by competent authority periodically on its
relevance & performance whether it is a Head-post Office, BHEL, BARC,
IIT, DRDO or even PMO. This has nothing to do with whichever political
party governs the state.So no ruckus is needed especially involving
national defence forces. Also, the way we are not summoning Army
services for improving our declared worst pot holed municipal roads of
Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad metro cities, we should not
think of CBI for all our ills. But if we are serious to get to truth,
we can request the services of FBI or Scotland-yard and US and UK who
know us better than ourselves can help us if help solicited. Army
chief is not a joke and let us not disrespect it. Jai Hind!

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 02:18 IST

If the allegation is true, the Defence Minister and the Defence Secretary should be sacked for incomptency.

from:  mani sandilya
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 01:02 IST

In the last few years, one finds lot of political mix-up with the Army.
This is what happened in Pakistan leading to today's condition. Is it a
fore-boding omen of things to come? A natural evolution in time like

from:  vkrishnamurthy
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 00:21 IST

This CLEARLY shows that congress is NERVOUS. This also shows that by any means congress will weaken the opposition so that these corrupt leaders of this party can continue to fill their bank account and protected from prosecution. I hope this election will put the nation in the right direction by electing Modi!

from:  Sam
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 23:25 IST

I didn't hear this news when he was in service . I even didn't hear this news after his retirement . But I am hearing this news days after he shared a seat with Mr.Modi . Politics of Congress has come to such low !!! If some truth exists , then instead of making noise , direct CBI to set up an inquiry .

from:  anil
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 23:07 IST

person in higher posts of sensitive departments should be barred from
entering politics

from:  bhaskar
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 22:45 IST

Three points need to be answered.
1.When a general forms a secret unit in the existing army set up is
there a loop hole in the system which allows him to hide it from the
minister in charge?If so it is a matter of serious concern and
government is answerable to people on the issue.we do not want an army
like for example the one existing in Pakistan or Egypt.

2.If the chief of army has kept the minister in the loop then the
minister is primarily answerable.

3.If the report is 6 months old what was the government doing all
these days? Are we to assume the matter would not have come to light
if Gen singh had joined the congress?

Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 22:11 IST

One could have easily predicted this outcome in response to Mr Singh's sharing dais with Mr Modi at Rewari.
I feel terribly bad for this sorry state of indian politics.Vested interest people are trying to take leverage of this to target those people whom govt. find working against its interest.Govt. want that highly venerable and esteemed personalities like that of Mr. Singh should not share dais with Mr.Modi which might be projeced in the media as the endorsement of policies pursued by Mr.Modi which might prove counter productive for UPA govt.Hence comes famous carrot and stick policy.
There is a famous adage in hindi which suits well in this context :

from:  vivek
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 21:57 IST

I wonder many very secret and controversial issues are first published in a particular newspaper.Liberhan commission report on Babri demolition case and role of Mr.Vajpayee was published by the same newspaper.

from:  Rajeev
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 21:57 IST

Its no surprise in order to defend the indefensible the fanatics put
up illogical comments. First they agree the army establishment is free
from political interference . Then the report submitted by the army
corps to MoD is termed as cong vengeance and also to question the
timings??? .What is there in timings unless you cook up any self
satisfying reason for that. The deciding authority can decide any time
or any action. Its like the cat waiting for its prey to go and defend
itself. The only point is if he really made the crime as reported by
the army corps. If yes then time is no issue.

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 21:52 IST

Gen V.K Singh ,beleaguered person,came under huge criticism before the time of retiring but when he shared the stage for strong LOKPAL BILL ,he was praised and applauded by many intelligentia,aam aadmi.Rcently he shared stage with Narendra Modi that shows he has a vulnerable point. It seems to me that tO get rid off he try to polarised him with the allegation ,misused secret funds to try and topple the Omar Abdullah government, should be investigated by competent intelligence agency. If it is found that he innocent, we have understand that UPA government try to manhandle him as he try to close with BJP.

from:  mostafa
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 21:46 IST

Why did the UPA remain silent on a report of such allegations it received six months ago? Could it be because it did not consider it then to be 'serious??'

The timing now certainly gives rise to strong suspicions that this has been deliberately orchestrated by the UPA to undermine the growing tide of dissent against its governance and the consequent growth of support to its chief political rival, the BJP.

As for the CBI's credentials under the UPA, the lesser said the better. With the UPA and CBI working together, one can only expect incompetence, obfuscation, procrastination and spitefulness.

It is very doubtful if at all the truth of this matter in very clear and unambiguous terms will ever become known.

from:  Kay Nathan
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 21:43 IST

This is probably the first time that a retired defence cheif has joined
political spectrum soon after retirement. It is about time that person
of the stature of defence chiefs, supreme court judges and high court
judges should voluntarily abjure politics for a minimum period of 5

from:  Raju
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 21:20 IST

Few important question arise here. If the report was submitted in March then why the Govt was egging on such a sensitive report.
Congress needs to be very cautious on these allegations. Indian Army has got a great respect in all the Indian hearts and they recently made even a greater place during Uttarakhand disaster. Congress's own scams are pending for such a long time but they were quick to respond when they saw General sharing dais with Modi.

from:  Chandra Mohan Chand
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 21:04 IST

Timing of surfacing such report need to be questioned .. Congress is
playing a really dangerous game. Just few days back Ex General has
shared a stage with Narendra Modi and criticized central govt for weak
defense policy . Congress top brass should avoid playing foul games with
Army . Also it need to be probed how the sensitive information that
secret unit try to destabilize J&K Govt leaked out ..

from:  pawan
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 20:56 IST

The other way is also possible. Anticipating the outcome of the enquiry, he might have taken a clever decision to join BJP and share the dais with Mr. Modi. Staring from the days of birth certificate controversy some of his actions were always questionable. Remember the ruckus created by him and his family when the army engineers came to remove some of the communication equipments from his residence, after the permitted grace-period of 3 months. An ex-army chief cannot be wanting for war time tactics and ideas. And why he has got suddenly disillusioned with Mr. Khejriwal and AAP?

from:  Aby Chacko
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 19:46 IST

Whether it is V K Singh or Jagan Reddy or Khemka of Haryana , Congress
uses a shameless CBI to hound them . Mulayam and Shinde are let off when
there is prima facie cases against them . And who replies . Instead of
the defence minister, it is the IT minister who seems to know more about the
defence ministry. The CBI head has already lost his face in the CBI scam
. So no one trusts it any more

from:  raghavan
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 19:38 IST

I smell a rat in the whole episode being a proof like India following Pakistan.Gen Singh would face fate like Gen Musharaff while our PM has mastered the art of swindling being mentored by ex Pres Zardari by seeing to it that Mulayam gets relief in CBI case!

from:  atis
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 19:33 IST

Sad that we have not cultivated in governance how to compartmentalise Military INTEL from State politics.With the AVIAL mentality the muddle goes on ultimately the motherland pays the price.

from:  bala srinivasan
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 19:20 IST

Dear Fellow Indians,

It is becoming regular exercise for all political parties to misuse police,CRPF etc to gain control on their illegal activities.Even officers are misusing their power for political millage or to act as puppets for politicians and all ministries Defense and home ministry or more active to serve needs of political people and officers.

Armed forces , Air force , Navy loosing so many brave people due to inability of political system and corruption in indian society. Terrorists and anti social elements are active because of local political establishment and police establishment who make criminals and terrorist scout free.

Now what is happening in India for power Government is acting all type of activities to suppress people. IT is DICTATOR SHIP in the form of DEMOCRACY and RUNNING PARLIAMENT based on their requirement.

INDIA is getting sold to Enemies. It is nothing but degrading Indian defense forces and Soldiers who are dying for nation.

from:  kaumuri
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 19:17 IST

While the Congress may score some points in the short term, there is no doubt that the
Army is getting more and more politicised. Bikram Singh's elevation as Chief was aided by
patronage of the ruling party. This report is the outcome of an investigation ordered by him.
Since he took office, the army chief has been reversing the decisions of his predecessor
one after another. Nobody cares about the professionalism and morale of the armed forces
any more.

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 19:14 IST

This is clearly politically motivated. The ruling Govt. has shot an arrow in the air to divert the attention of the public from its ineffectiveness and its anti-national and politically motivated governance standards.

When it saw BJP scoring in UP (over JATS) it has cooked up the issue to dis-credit NaMO and BJP and also dissuade Gen Singh to join hands with BJP.

Not astounding - these low standards stunts by UPA but definitely Shameful that it would harass decorated / reputed service personnel.

New low for the beleaguered Govt. for trying to find something to save face in the wake of coming elections.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 19:09 IST

even if V.K.Singh is alleged, I will continue to trust Indian army. I salute army which
demanded inquiry against it's own ex-chief. one this occasion I remind V.K.Singh's birthday
chapter and remarks by SC on it.

from:  Parikshit Shah
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 19:06 IST

Ashram, Ramdev, now Singh: perfect examples for patriotism of BJP.

from:  Srinivasan
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 18:56 IST

The present scenario reminds me of the events which occurred prior to the imposition of the emergency.The dissenting voices were muffled,those who were not in agreement with the policies of the ruling party were harassed through means such as CBI enquiries,IT raids etc. Are we heading towards that era?Is this the state of affairs of the so-called largest democracy in the world?Any right thinking individual will not agree with the sad happenings.It is the culture and brand of the congress party to indulge in such activities to stay in power.Unfortunately,leaders of high calibre like Dr Singh have become a party to this due to the manipulations of the political masters.

from:  Dr.Kumar
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 18:46 IST

The matter should be investigated by the CBI. Congress Bureau of Investigation can do wonders!! Yesterday they closed Adarsh Case and gave a clean cheat to Sushil Shinde. Today it was Mulayam's turn to get clean chit on disproportionate assets case from CBI. CBI has already closed the case against Tejinder Singh, the middle-man who tried to bribe Gen V K Singh in the Tatra-truck bribery case. I'm sure Gen Singh will now be found guilty By CBI of trying to topple the J&K Govt and misappropriating funds. Wow!! But why on earth the J&K govt.?? What's the motive?? The mockery will continue until 2014 elections. Hopefully, change will follow after that!!

from:  Mittal
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 18:36 IST

Just like Prof. Yadav got the boot for taking on the government, It is obvious that reason for this is Gen.Singh's recent political activities.

from:  Rasul Sheik Muhammad
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 18:33 IST

It is a "Killing two birds with one stone" strategy. On one hand its a
minority appeasement by taking action against Ret. Gen. V K Singh
('communal- anti-Muslim BJP' supporter)who tried to 'destabilize'
Kashmir government, and on the other hand its sweet revenge against Ret.
Gen. V K Singh itself, both for sharing stage with Mr. Narendra Modi and
for the last year rift between him and UPA Government.

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 18:30 IST

This whole issue stinks of being politically motivated. Gen. Singh - India's ex army chief's Z level security was also withdrawn short after he left the army where people like Robert Vadra still get taxpayer sponsored security. As bad as a coup is for a democracy, a large majority of the people of India today probably fantasize about the army overthrowing the corrupt central government. It is an irony that the ex general has only been charged with planning to destabilize a state government.

from:  Aurobindo
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 18:11 IST

UPA Congress in its desperate bid to save itself can go to any low
level as they are so nervous of their skeleton tumbling as soon as the
new Govt take over. In fact VK should now openly join BJP and take on
Congress. This is another cock & bull story by Indian Express in
collaboration with UPA to malign Gen VK Singh similar to what Sekhar
Gupta of IE did one year earlier saying the Gen was advancing his
troops coming from Mathura towards Delhi to unseat the Govt. Most
irresponsible and must be the part of highly paid anti-Modi campaign
as this comes out days after VK was seen sharing the dais with Modi.
Their days are numbered.

from:  Bakumbai
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 18:10 IST

i always wonder why a controversy crops up aganist a person of high position in poltics,army or any other bureaucatic position when the person retires from his/her post , do the persons who bring out all these issues keep sleeping or it is done for any sort of political gains

from:  aman garg
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 17:45 IST

5 days after Gen.V K Singh shares dias with Mr.Narendra Modi, he is accused of trying to topple a state government. These are politically motivated charges to dissuade Gen.Singh from associating with Mr.Modi.

from:  Bhaskaran
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 17:26 IST

Did Gen.V.K.Singh set this up when he was in service or when he was
retired? If he did it when he was in service who authorized it? Did he
go behind the MoD? Did the MoD sign off on it? Did the PMO sign off on
it? Did Gen.Singh personally authorize or commanded the black ops? Did
the Defence Minister know about it? How can the CBI investigate a
secret apparatus of the state? What laws were broken? Are we going to
let CBI investigate the IB, which is currently the single most
effective political organ of the ruling establishment? How about past
IB actions? Can a future CBI investigate past IB actions done with the
approval of the Government at that time?

from:  Srinivasan
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 16:58 IST

I am sure that in our country nothing can be kept secret. The actions
indicated therein must be in the knowledge of political bosses,
whether it is with vested interest or not.

from:  ravishankar
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 16:31 IST

This looks like a planned propaganda from Congress party to use CBI to curb General VK singh's political activities. Cheap politics..

from:  KK
Posted on: Sep 20, 2013 at 16:02 IST
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