Terming the reports on the alleged suspicious movement of the Army units towards Delhi in 2012 the “fable of a sick mind”, former Army chief V K Singh on Monday said the story had been “cooked up” by a section of the bureaucrats.
The General, who was here to attend the viva-voce for the Ph.D in Military Science, which he is pursuing from the Barkatullah University, cited the statement given by former Director General Military operation (DGMO) Lt General V K Choudhary to substantiate his charge. Choudhary had stated that he was called up by the then Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma to explain the troop movement. “The DGMO has clearly stated that it was a routine exercise.
“ He was called up in the middle of the night (by the Defence Secretary). Why was he called and for what reason? The political leadership has already clarified on the whole matter and said that there was nothing wrong. So it means that something was cooked up by a section within the bureaucracy and the editor who wrote the story,” Singh said.
The former Chief of Army Staff, who was responding to questions from reporters on the fresh controversy that had broken out over the alleged suspicious movement of the Army units, however, made it clear that it had no bearing on his decision to approach the Supreme Court over the issue of his date of birth.
“It will be wrong to see it that way. Such military exercises are planned well in advance,” he said.
On the political front, the General was extremely critical of the AAP brand of politics, which he said was taking place at a time when the country was looking for a “strong and stable” government.
“The AAP have usurped the issues that were raised by Anna Hazare. They have turned the Anna cap into the AAP cap,” he said.