New Delhi: Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Anjan on Tuesday demanded a CBI enquiry without further delay on allegations made by former army chief General V K Singh, and said the truth must be revealed to the nation.
"We cannot believe everything that V K Singh has said. He has always been very controversial since the beginning on various issues. I think its time that the Central Government must look into this matter and there should be a CBI enquiry without further delay, and the truth must be brought in front the nation," he said.
Defending the controversy surrounding VK Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vice President Balbir Punj accused the Congress Party-led UPA II Government of targetting the former army chief, and said that the ruling party has compromised on national security to score small time political gains.
"This entire controversy is the result of Congress Party-led UPA II Government's efforts to score small time political gains at the cost of compromising constitutional authorities and national security," he said.
"Now after General V K Singh shared the dais with Narendra Modi, in order to target him, the government has brought out the confidential details of the covert operations of the army," he added.
Punj also appealed to General Singh not to respond to such controversies, and cautioned the Government to restrain themselves from bringing out confidential details of the army operations.
"And obviously to defend himself, General Singh has also responded to that, and this entire controversy would firstly compromise on our national security, secondly affect the morale of our armed forces, and thirdly give ammunitions to the enemies of this country, particularly Pakistan to expose India in the international forum," he said.
"We would humbly appeal to General Singh not to add on to this controversy. And the Government must also keep its mouth shut on this issue," he added.
Reacting to accusations that he had funded a Jammu and Kashmir politician to topple Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's government, General V K Singh on Monday said those who levelled these allegations were anti-nationals, as the army had to pay ministers in the border state 'to bring people together'.
Singh told a news channel that "paying ministers" was nothing new in Jammu and Kashmir.
"It has been happening since independence and everybody would have known about this. It is not something invented by V K Singh. Funding ministers is to get people together in Kashmir," he said.
The former army chief is in the midst of a controversy following a report that he 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. (ANI)