Former Army chief General V K Singh tried to topple J&K govt?

The former Army chief is under the scanner over shocking allegations of having set up a special military intelligence unit that misused secret service funds to topple the Omar Abdullah government in Jammu and Kashmir.

NEW DELHI: Former Army chief General VK Singh is under the radar again over shocking allegations of having set up a special military intelligence unit that 'misused secret service funds to topple the Omar Abdullah government in Jammu and Kashmir', among other things, The Indian Express reported on Friday.

The Indian Express report claims that a secret Board of Officers inquiry report, led by Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia, recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the Technical Services Division, the Military Intelligence unit set up by the former Army chief, VK Singh.

The newspaper reports that the committee has pointed out to a string of irregularities, such as misusing secret service funds to destabilize the Omar Abdullah government in J&K, paying an NGO to block General Bikram Singh's promotion as the Army chief,  and conducting covert operations by buying surveillance equipment through the Military Intelligence Unit.

The recommendations of the report have been brought up to the notice of the Prime Minister's  Office by Defence Minister AK Antony.

Reacting to the report, Gen VK Singh was quoted by IBN-Live saying: 'This is simple vendetta as some people are not comfortable with me sharing the dais with Narendra Modi to espouse the cause of ex-servicemen in the country.'

Meanwhile, J&K agriculture minister Ghulam Hassan Mir denied allegations of being paid Rs 1.19 crore from secret service funds to destabilize the state government.

"All my activities have been for stabilization. If you talk to the people here or there, you will find that I am the only hope for solely working towards stabilization. ...Maybe there are persons against me who want to frame me. But the truth is that I have never been for destabilization, nor, will I ever be for destabilization. So, the allegations are totally baseless and false," Mir said.

"VK Singh is known to me. ... We used to meet and sit together. It is not only General V.K. Singh, there are other generals who are known to me, with whom I used to sit together," he added.

The BJP has questioned the timing of the report against ex-Army chief VK Singh who has called it government's vendetta. The BJP said that Gen VK Singh's name is being maligned because he shared the dais with Narendra Modi at a public rally in Haryana. Singh had taken the government to court over his birth year, claimed he was born in 1951 and not 1950 as in government records, TV reports.