Army Makes Light of Antony's Security Orders for Col Bakshi
In the Defence Ministry, if A K Antony proposes, nobody can dispose. But that doesn’t seem to be true for the Indian Army, which hasn’t carried out his orders on providing “out-of-turn” security and family accommodation to an officer, seen to be close to former Chief General V K Singh.
It isn’t hard to see why the Army chose to dispose of Antony’s proposal. The officer, from the Intelligence corps, is Colonel Hunny Bakshi, who headed the Technical Services Division (TSD).
The TSD, which was formed during General V K Singh’s tenure to provide the Army covert operations capability for cross-border operations against anti-India terror groups in Pakistan, was embroiled in controversy and disbanded in mid 2013 after a probe was conducted into its activities since General Bikram Singh succeeded as Army chief in May 2012.
After Hunny Bakshi and his men were shunted out of the TSD in December 2012 ahead of its disbanding, he was admitted to the Army hospital in Delhi on complaints of mental stress. Soon after, his wife Aparna Datta Bakshi wrote to Defence Minister A K Antony over alleged harassment by his senior officers.
Acting on her letter, Antony had in November 2013 directed the Army to look if the officer could be “provided with out of turn accommodation and security as deemed appropriate.
However, sources close to Col Hunny Bakshi and his family told Express that the Army was “yet to follow up”. The TSD and its activities were brought under the scanner of the Army headquarters in June 2012, soon after General V K Singh’s retirement, when it was blamed of exceeding its expenditure limits and misusing its funds.
Soon enough, information started trickling that it was the TSD that was responsible for the alleged “bugging” in the Defence Minister’s office in South Block, which was dismissed by Antony himself.
The TSD was also accused of acquiring off-air monitors of mobile phone conversations of the Central Government top brass, when General V K Singh’s age row was at its peak in late 2011 and early 2012.