New Delhi: Army Chief General VK Singh on Saturday hit out at the Indian Express report earlier this week that claimed that two Army units made an "unauthorised" movement towards the capital on the night of January 16.
In an interview to the Hindu newspaper, the General called the report "fables of a sick mind", "absurd and deplorable".
According to The Hindu, the Army Chief said that there was no requirement to "notify" the government about what was a "routine exercise" and categorically rejected any link between the troop exercises and his petition on the date of birth issue in the Supreme Court.
Responding to a question whether the civilian authority had asked him for a clarification, General Singh said, "It was not like that. No clarification was asked for. These were routine issues.
"I don't think one or two units should ever bother anyone. It was not as if the whole of the armoured division was marching towards Delhi. This is just a figment of imagination."
The Army Chief added, "These are fables of a sick mind. Anyone who makes a connection needs to see a psychiatrist."
He further said, "It is the rogue elements of the bureaucracy who want to blow things up.
"The Army is the upholder of the country's values. Those who think differently about the Army need their heads examined and are the biggest anti-nationals."
On going to the Supreme Court on the age row, he said, "I had followed the laid down norms of a democratic Constitution and gone to the Supreme Court. I am on the same page as the government. We enjoy good relations, and I have no differences with the Raksha Mantri."