New Delhi, Sept. 27 (PTI): V.K. Singh should have been sacked as army chief when he took the government to court over his date of birth, a retired general and former governor of Jammu and Kashmir said on a day eight of Singh’s predecessors rejected his claim that the army paid ministers in the border state to ensure stability.
“I was surprised as well as pained to see when he (Gen. Singh) dragged the government to court. No chief in the world has ever gone to court challenging his government’s decision. What he did at that point of time was against the tradition of the army. He should have been sacked on the same day,” Lt. Gen. S.K. Sinha said today.
Gen. Sinha, 87, who served Jammu and Kashmir between 2003 and 2008, rejected Gen. Singh’s claim that the army had been funding political activities in the state since Independence and said the statement had “brought disrepute to the Indian Army, an organisation which is always known to be apolitical”.
Eight former army chiefs said in a joint statement today that “no funds were ever provided by the army to any politicians, political party or any NGO” in their tenures and nor would they have allowed that. The statement was signed by Generals O.P. Malhotra, S.F. Rodrigues, Shankar Roychowdhury, Ved Prakash Malik, S Padamanabhan, N.C. Vij, J.J. Singh and Deepak Kapoor.