Agencies, New Delhi
Describing as a ‘’serious matter’’ an Army report about a secret intelligence unit set up by former Army Chief Gen V K Singh, the Congress today said the report was under the active consideration of the government.
The party, however, said there was nothing political about the report and charged the Opposition with trying to ‘politicise’ the armed forces.
Talking to reporters here, AICC spokesperson P C Chacko said, ‘’It is a very serious matter. The Army report is under active consideration of the government.
‘’Defence Minister A K Antony has said the matter has been brought to the notice of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.’’
The Defence Ministry, in a statement, has said it has received a report from the Army on the secret technical support division (TSD) established by Gen Singh.
The Ministry said it has not yet taken a decision on whether to go for a CBI inquiry into the issues raised by the Army in its report.
In its report submitted to the Defence Ministry, the Army has alleged that TSD was involved in carrying out unauthorised operations and financial wrongdoings.
The unit has also been charged with creating and funding NGOs to fight cases against senior serving Army officers such as Gen Bikram Singh to prevent him from becoming the Army chief after Gen VK Singh.
Mr Chacko said the report would be gone into seriously and strict action would be taken against anyone guilty of wrongdoing.
Slamming the Opposition for ‘politicising’ the issue, Mr Chacko said, ‘’There is nothing political about the report. We feel that the army should not be used for political campaigning.’’
Pointing in this context to last week’s ex-servicemen’s rally at Rewari in Haryana, jointly addressed by Gen Singh and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Mr Chacko, without naming Mr Modi, said, ‘’Last week, addressing an ex servicemen’s rally, an opposition leader charged the Government with having tried to carry out a religion based census in the army.
‘’The politicisation of the Indian Army is most unfortunate. The Indian Army has always been supportive of democracy and always stayed away from politics. Now, some political leader is dragging the Army into politics.’’