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No bid to topple Jammu and Kashmir government: VK Singh

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Tue, Sep 24, 2013 14:11 hrs
Controversies are being created to divert attention from current issues: VK Singh

Gurgaon: Former army chief V.K. Singh Tuesday denied any attempt was made to topple the Jammu and Kashmir government, and said the money was given by the intelligence unit for operations to attract youth in the state to constructive work.

The former army chief also said that leaked media reports were an act "treason", and demanded a thorough inquiry into it.

"If intelligence issue are being discussed in public, it is treason. You are telling the enemy what your intelligence is doing. It must be probed how the report was leaked and action should be taken against those who leaked it to malign a few people without thinking how much it will hurt the nation," V.K. Singh said at a press conference here.



Media reports quoting an army inquiry have said that the former army chief set up a secret intelligence unit which misused its funds in an attempt to topple the Omar Abdullah government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The reports in a newspaper had also said V.K. Singh paid off an NGO to to file a court case and try to change the line of succession in the army top brass, and had also conducted unauthorised covert operations.

Reacting to the reports on destabalising the Jammu and Kashmir government, the former army chief said money given to politicians was not for personal or political use, but for programmes to engage youth in constructive work.

He said money was given to a Kashmiri voluntary organisation to "do certain activities" like holding blood donation camps, running classes for women, "getting children out of the stone throwing mode".

"That money was not for their personal work, or political work. If someone thinks bribe was paid, it is totally wrong... These things cannot be done in uniform, so intelligence unit did that," he said.

He refused to divulge any more information about actions of the intelligence unit, but clarified it was not his "personal army".

V.K.Singh is under attack over reports that during his tenure attempts were made to topple the Jammu and Kashmir government and that state minister Mir was paid Rs.1.19 crore from the secret army funds to destabilise the state government.

J&K ministers paid for social work: VK Singh

VK Singh on Tuesday said army funds were given to a Kashmiri NGO to get the people, especially the youth, of Jammu and Kashmir involved in developmental activities and denied any money was given to topple the state government.

Asked by CNN-IBN news channel if during his tenure as the army chief he had used secret Army funds to pay a Jammu and Kashmir minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir, to topple the state government, Singh denied the allegation.

"If money is required to carry out stability tasks, to get the youth away from stone throwing, if money is required to get them engaged in some useful activity, I am sure you will agree it is required. If anyone can topple a government in Rs 1 crore in this great country of ours, then governments will be toppled every day," VKSingh told the news channel.

He said money was given to a Kashmiri voluntary organisation to "do certain activities" like holding blood donation camps, running classes for women, "getting children out of the stone throwing mode".

Asked if money was given to topple the Jammu and Kashmir government, VK Singh flatly said "No".

The former army chief is under attack over reports that during his tenure attempts were made to topple the Jammu and Kashmir government and that state minister Mir was paid Rs.1.19 crore from the secret army funds to destabilize the state government.

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