'Fake news': Ex-services chiefs say they never wrote to President over politicisation of military

A Rashtrapati Bhavan source too denied the report saying the President has not received any letter purportedly written by a group of former officers of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Published: 12th April 2019 04:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2019 02:28 PM   |  A+A-

(Left to right) Former Army Chief General SF Rodrigues, Former Army Vice Chief Lt General ML Naidu, Ex-Air Chief Nirmal Chandra Suri, Major General Harsha Kakkar. (Photo | ANI)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A controversy has broken out over a letter purportedly written by 156 Armed Forces veterans, including nine retired chiefs, to the President, against the politicisation of the armed forces.

The letter, which hit the social media on Friday morning, included names of nine former chiefs, besides several veterans.

However, Air Chief Marshal NC Suri and General SF Rodrigues denied they ever endorsed it, while other signatories said they had given their individual consent.

Sources in Rashtrapati Bhavan, too, said the President’s office had not received the letter in question.

“We have received only one letter which is from former service chief N C Suri who has conveyed to us that he has not signed any letter on the issue. We have not received any other letter,” the sources said. 

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharam said, “It is worrying if people’s consent is being taken and fake letters with fake allegations are being signed by some vested interest groups. It is absolutely condemnable.”

The issue got confounded with Admiral Suresh Mehta, Lt gen ML Naidu, Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak, and few others, accepting they had consented to the text the letter contained.

The letter addressed to President said, “We refer to the unusual and completely unacceptable practice of political leaders taking credit for military operations like cross-border strikes, and even going so far as to claim the Armed Forces to be Modi ji ki Sena.”

The letter appealed the President to ensure the secular and apolitical character of the Forces is preserved.

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  • H.K.Pandya

    Who initiated the move ? Who and how the consent was seeked?
    5 months ago reply
  • Sudheer Thaakur

    there is a distinction to be made between 'politicisation' and 'glorification'
    5 months ago reply
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