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Cutting across ideological lines, political parties Friday termed as “serious” the findings of an Army inquiry that a secret intelligence unit set up by former Army chief V K Singh in 2010 had misused secret service funds even to bribe a Jammu and Kashmir minister to engineer a change of state government and demanded appropriate action from the government.
Samajwadi Party, in fact, targeted Singh and demanded that people who have served in high and important positions, like that of the Army chief, should be barred from entering politics after retirement. Singh was on the dais alongside BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at the latter’s public rally in Rewari last Sunday.
The ruling Congress and Left, on the other hand, demanded action from the government.
The Indian Express on Friday reported that a secret Board of Officers Inquiry report into the functioning of the Technical Services Division set up by the former Army chief in May 2010 has found that secret service funds were used to bribe a J&K minister to engineer a change of state government, pay off an NGO to try change the line of succession in the Army top brass and buy off-air interception equipment and to conduct unauthorised covert operations.
“These are very serious allegations and I am sure the government of India will take appropriate action,” senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said.
On whether a CBI probe was needed, he left it to the government.
At the official Congress briefing, party spokesperson P C Chacko termed the findings “serious” and said the report was under the active consideration of the Defence Ministry and the government. He, however, appeared cautious on whether a CBI probe should be ordered. “There are certain matters which in the national interest have to be kept closely guarded secrets. Such things we cannot leave for any kind of inquiry. But the government has to take a decision very cautiously that what kind of inquiry should be there,” he said.