'Cynical approach to tar my reputation': Army Chief strikes back on leaked letter
NDTV Correspondent, Updated: March 29, 2012 11:30 IST
New Delhi: Army Chief General VK Singh has today rejected allegations that he is responsible for the leak of a confidential letter written by him to the Prime Minister, warning that India's security is at risk because the army's equipment is obsolete. 'This is an outrage! Official communication with the PM, RM or anybody for that matter with the COAS (chief of army staff) is privileged information. The leaking of the letter should be treated as high treason. This cynical approach to tar my reputation has to stop. The source of the leak has to be found and dealt with ruthlessly," said the army chief today via a mailed statement.
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In his letter to the Army Chief, the Trinamool MP has made a series of allegations of a procurement scam, alleging payoffs for the purchase of night-vision devices, communication systems, weapons as well as parachutes, according to the Indian Express report. The MP has also named Army officers, including a former Army Chief, who he alleged received crores in kickbacks for defence procurements and amassed huge disproportionate assets.
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Comment: It is obvious that leakages of Secret Letters are resorted to by bureaucrats to shift the focus of bribery, kickbacks and corruption. The MOD, MHA and PMO are in unison in protecting the political scamsters. Gen Deepak Kapoor the former chief is one who can spill the beans if tackled intelligently.
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