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Army letter leak blame

New Delhi, May 13 (PTI): A senior woman official in the cabinet secretariat has been removed from her post amid talk that she was allegedly behind leaking the “top secret” letter that the army chief had written to the Prime Minister on shortages of ammunition.

The government late in the evening said the Intelligence Bureau’s (IB) report on the official “is incorrect”.

The lady official of joint secretary rank and belonging to the Indian Economic Service has been shunted out of her post in which she handled intelligence matters, sources said.

The IB probed the leak of the letter which had found its way to the media and angered the army chief who described it as “high treason” and wanted its source to be dealt with “ruthlessly”. “The leakage of the letter should be treated as high treason. The cynical approach to tarnish my reputation should stop. Sources of the leakage should be found and dealt with ruthlessly,” Gen. Singh had said.

After the March 12 letter was out in the media, there was speculation whether it had emanated from the Prime Minster’s Office or the army chief’s. The probe, ordered by the PMO, is believed to have cleared Gen. Singh of any wrongdoing, the sources said.

The official was nailed after interrogation of some persons, the sources said, adding that she has now been repatriated to her parent cadre and further action could be taken against her for leaking such a sensitive document.

But Neelam Kapoor, the principal director of the Press Information Bureau, said the IB report on the officer was “absolutely incorrect”.