Payment to politicians claim: J&K House panel summons V K Singh on Jan 9

VK SinghGen V K Singh, who was also issued a breach of privilege notice by Legislative Assembly Speaker Mubarak Gul, had denied the charges in a written reply. (PTI)

In a virtual rejection of former Army Chief General V K Singh's denial about claiming payment of cash to ruling politicians in the state, the privilege committee of Jammu Kashmir Legislative Council in Monday sought his personal appearance before it on January 9.

This followed a meeting of the privilege committee under the chairmanship of Congress's Jugal Kishore Sharma and attended by legislators Devender Singh Rana, Ravinder Kumar Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Ali Mohammad Dar and Showkat Hussain Gania. The privilege motion against the former Army Chief was moved by Ajay Sadhotra, Devender Singh Rana and Khalid Najeeb Suhrawardy, all MLCs of the ruling National Conference.

Significantly, Gen Singh, who was also issued a breach of privilege notice by Legislative Assembly Speaker Mubarak Gul, had denied the charges in a written reply. The letter dated November 10, along with a CD, was received by the Speaker on Sunday.

While denying having sta-ted anything about the Army paying cash out of its secret funds to ministers for destabilising government in the state, Singh had pointed out that the Army was spending money on development activities under Sadbhavna. To substantiate that his statement had been blown out of context, he had also sent a CD containing full text of his statement to the media after the leak of Army's internal enquiry report on the controversial Technical Support Division. The report mentioned payment of Rs 1.19 crore to a state minister.

Following uproarious scenes from both the treasury and Opposition benches in the House during its autumn sessions in Valley seeking Singh's appearance before them, the Speaker had issued him a notice seeking an explanation over his alleged statement.

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