- Intermediary tells Express: Gen Singh said you will get it in the neck if you publishGovernment confirms Army secret report on 'undesirable activities' in Gen V K Singh's 'rogue' unitWill act against serving or retired officer if any wrongdoing proved: GovtArmy has paid all ministers in J&K for 'stabilising' the state, says V K Singh
Former Army Chief Gen (retd) V K Singh’s claim that the Army has paid all ministers in Jammu and Kashmir since Independence set off a major political storm on Tuesday.
While National Conference leader and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah demanded a CBI probe into Singh’s claim that “certain ministers” in J&K are given money by the Army for “stability”, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley expressed his disapproval of Singh’s public admission. “None of us knows or is entitled to know the details of these activities. These are a part of the covert operations.
The desirability and the appropriateness of these activities is a subject matter for the government of the day to decide. Prime Ministers, Home Ministers, Defence Ministers, Chief of the Army Staff, heads of IB and R&AW and several others in the government are privy to information which must necessarily die with them.
It even cannot become a part of their memoirs,” Jaitley said in a signed article released to the media on Tuesday. He added that he is “unaware of the truth or otherwise of the allegation”.
“Should such information have been leaked out by the political establishment which had a problem with the former Army Chief? Pushed to a corner, should the Army Chief at all have admitted that such payments were indeed undertaken? The UPA government has abandoned its state-craft,” he said.
The Congress termed Singh’s claim as “irresponsible”, and said he should reveal the names of ministers who had received money from the Army. “V K Singh should name the politicians... If the details are given, we can investigate,” said Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.
“I think it’s a very, very terrible statement that he has made. It must be investigated. The Army has nothing to do with funding of political parties. They should never do this. The Army should be kept apolitical. And if he has done that, he has done something extremely wrong.” said former J&K chief minister and Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
“I have no knowledge about this and I am as curious as you are to know the names of the persons who were being paid and who are being paid,” he added.
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