New Delhi Five days before his controversial 26- month tenure as Army Chief comes to an end, Gen V K Singh on Saturday voiced criticism of the Defence Ministry for ” selectively leaking” information to ” fix” him, reports PTI. In a series of inte
rviews to TV channels, the General also made no secret of his unhappiness with the Supreme Court where he lost a legal battle over his age in February.
In an apparent reference to a remark by Justice R M Lodha, one of the two judges on the bench that heard his case, the chief said a very senior apex court judge had told him to ” blow with the wind”. ” If all of us are going to blow with the wind then we will all become muggers, we will all become corrupt,” he said, according to a transcript of his interview released by a news channel.
Justice Lodha had actually remarked, ” wise men are those who move with the wind. We take pride in having ( an) officer like you. Credit must go to you.” In a separate interview to another TV channel, the Army Chief said he had withdrawn his petition on the age issue because the Supreme Court gave no decision. ” They tried to arbitrate. Then I realised you are fighting a system.” During the interviews, Singh said it was not ” just lobbies” working against him, but ” some people are trying to protect people who are basically doing wrong things.” Turning on the Ministry of Defence, he said papers related to his age were ” illegitimately” released.
Some papers that should never have been released under RTI rules were released and this included a couple of pages which the ministry itself had labelled ” top secret”. Asked if he was saying he had been set up, the General replied, ” obviously”. When pressed to state as to who was releasing the information, Singh replied it was the ministry.
” Absolutely,” the General answered when asked whether he was saying information was being selectively leaked to ” fix you”. Barely concealing his anger over the leakage of his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complaining of deficiencies and shortages in the army, the General said this was a ” treasonable act”. He then referred to an agency story, denied by the government, that a Joint Secretary- level officer in the Cabinet Secretariat had been held responsible for the leak. The General said that agency does not ” manufacture” stories on its own. ” So somebody must have told them, somebody authoritative enough”. The leakage was done ” with a purpose to create an impression that Gen V K Singh is leaking it”, he said, adding, somebody within the government ” had some agenda”. Asked if he would get into politics after he demits office on May 31, the Chief replied, ” I havenalt39t decided anything.” Told about the speculation that he may join Yogaguru Ramdev, Singh replied ” I donalt39t think so.
All this is speculative kite flying, to say the least. And I will not go with this kite flying.” Gen Singh speaks out just 5 days before his retirement