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Confirming the findings of an Army inquiry panel into the dubious workings of a secret intelligence unit set up in 2010 by the then Army Chief General V K Singh, the government on Friday said it had taken steps to prevent such "undesirable activities" but is yet to decide about ordering a CBI inquiry.
"The report impinges on matters of national security and, as such, the government will take a decision and further actions after a careful examination of the report," Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said, confirming that the government had received a report from Army headquarters about the functioning of the now-disbanded unit called Technical Services Division (TSD).
"It is further clarified that the MoD has not taken any decision for a CBI inquiry into the issues raised in the Army's report," Kar said.
The Indian Express on Friday reported that a Board of Officers inquiry report had found that the TSD used secret service funds to bribe a Jammu and Kashmir minister to engineer a change of government in the state, pay off an NGO to try change the line of succession in the Army top brass, buy off-air interception equipment and to conduct unauthorised covert operations, among others.
The board, led by Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia, DG, Military Operations, recommended that an external agency such as the CBI should take up these findings, submitted to then defence secretary Shashi Kant Sharma around March this year. The board's report has been examined at the highest levels in the MoD and the PMO.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said the government has taken cognizance of the Army inquiry report, which among others found the Technical