SRINAGAR: Castigating Rtd Gen. V. K. Singh for his controversial and inconsistent remarks, the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather today in the Legislative Council, said that his allegations have not only brought disrepute to the Indian Army, which is considered as one of the worlds most disciplined and apolitical force but also severely dented the credibility of the democratic institutions in the State.
Replying to the discussion on the remarks made by Rtd Army General Mr. V. K. Singh, Mr. Rather sought credible and transparent probe into the allegations which he said have seriously undermined the entire political process and created suspicion in the minds of the people against mainstream political leaders of the State. He said though the statements made by the Rtd Army General were utterly inconsistent and self-contradictory, but the same deserves a thorough probe owing to his former position and to bring facts in front of the people. He said the Rtd Army General in a single breath stated that money was paid to a particular Minister, then said that money was being paid to all Ministers and then he said that money was paid to some Ministers, in response to queries made by a TV channel.
Mr. Rather said that the Rtd Army General in similar self-contradictory statements said that the money was meant for winning hearts and minds of the people and later changed his statement saying that the money was spent under the Armys Sadhbhavana programme.
Following the revelations, Mr. Rather said that the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah immediately took serious note of the issue and on 25th September wrote a letter to the Prime Minister conveying concern of the State and sought a credible and transparent probe in the matter. He reiterated that the Government of India shall have to take stern action to address the wider implications that the statement can have on the future political and democratic process in the state, adding that the internal Enquiry Report prepared by some senior military officers lies with Government of India and they must be well aware of the issue to take further action.
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