CBI must probe V K Singh's claim on J&K, says Farooq Abdullah

VK SinghFarooq Abdullah demanded a CBI probe into Singh’s claim that “certain ministers” in J&K are given money by the Army. (PTI)

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.

Army has paid all ministers in J&K: V K Singh

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.

Related: Govt confirms Army report on 'undesirable activities'

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.

'Unit set up by V K Singh misused secret funds'

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.

... contd.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on indianexpress.com are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, indianexpress.com reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.