Ex- Army Chief Fails To Show Up in JK Assembly

Panel Summons V K Singh again on Jan 22

JAMMU: The privilege committee of Legislative Council Thursday issued a fresh summon to Gen (Rtd) V K Singh, through Director General of Police Haryana seeking his personal appearance on January 22, to clarify his position regarding army funding to Jammu and Kashmir politicians.

A copy of summon issued to former army chief has been sent to the Speaker legislative assembly of Haryana as well.

Ghulam Nabi Monga, senior Congress leader and member of the committee said: “After hectic deliberations which stretched over one and half hours over his non appearance, the Privilege Committee decided to issue summon to the retired army chief. The summon has been issued through DGP Haryana and a copy of the same has been sent to the speaker of Haryana’s legislative assembly.”

Mr Monga said that the committee that met in Jammu today had invited law secretary besides the advocate general to give their legal opinions. Sources in the committee said that some members of the privilege committee were of the opinion that a non bailable warrant be issued against the former army chief for not appearing before the committee today.

It may be recalled that National Conference MLC Devinder Singh Rana, had moved the motion against the retired army general. As the motion came up for hearing today, the former Army Chief who was supposed to appear before the privilege committee did not appear

Former Army chief declined to comment over the issue.

Gen Singh told Srinagar based news gathering agency CNS that he does not want to make any comment over the issue. “I will not comment over the issue and I can’t tell you why I did not appear before the Privileges Committee of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council,” V.K. Singh said over phone from New Delhi.

Committee headed by MLC Jugal Kishore Sharma of Congress includes Ghulam Nabi Monga (Congress) Ali Mohammad Dar (NC) and Davinder Singh Rana (NC).

 Dar said no Army official on behalf of V.K.Singh appeared before the Committee. “It is not true that V.K.Singh had sent some other official to present on behalf of him before the Committee. But there was a retired Army official from Banaras who had come to meet Singh. He returned after he came to know that Singh was not present here,” Dar said.

Pertinently, the privileges committee of the upper house in December 2012 had directed Singh to appear before the Committee in Jammu on January 09 to clear his position over the pay off allegations.

Singh was responsible for creating political storm in Jammu and Kashmir after he claimed that ministers and legislators in Jammu and Kashmir had been beneficiaries of Army’s secret funds. The former Army chief, however, denied having made the allegations when state Legislative Assembly Speaker Mubarak Gul issued him a notice in November last year. 

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