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The Army has raised the red flag on the spending of public money by a secretive military intelligence (MI) unit that was set up by former Army Chief Gen V K Singh, contending that among other things, allocation of funds worth Rs 8 crore still needs to be accounted for.
In a report on the functioning of the controversial Technical Support Division (TSD) that has been accused of conducting secret spying missions on government functionaries in the past, the Army HQ has informed the defence ministry that several discrepancies have come to light but the most serious charge pertains to unknown expenses of Rs 8 crore that were incurred by the unit for "operations" in Kashmir.
Sources said the detailed report has been submitted to the defence ministry, but the Army has not yet taken action as it is awaiting a nod before proceeding with framing of charges and fixing of accountability for losses incurred.
Besides recommending disbanding of the TSD and laying out standard operating procedures for raising any such units in the future, the Army has reportedly revealed that secret funds were used to purchase bugs and other interception equipment without any proper selection procedure or maintaining of records.
The special unit, which spent over Rs 20 crore in the two years that it was functional, has not been able to account for as much as Rs 8 crore. During investigations, it has come to light that the money was marked for operations in Kashmir but no record
has been maintained. It is believed that a substantial part of these funds were given to an NGO named "YES Kashmir" that had filed a petition in court against Gen Bikram Singh, the present Army Chief who was then the Eastern Army Commander and was in line to take charge after the retirement of Gen V K Singh. It has been alleged that the TSD was functioning as a "special task force" of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Secretariat.