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Sep 24, 2013 at 10:10am IST

Gen VK Singh admits funds were given to J&K ministers but for social welfare

New Delhi: Former Army chief General VK Singh has admitted that the money from the secret fund was used in Kashmir but only towards social schemes. He also questioned the timing of the Indian Express report saying it was an attempt by the government to divert attention from itself.

Singh said that the money that had been given was a part of the 'Sadbhavna' that is carried out by the Army. He said that it was given to only to stabilise the areas affected by terror as well as the areas across the border.

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Amused by the allegations that he used the money to topple the Jammu and Kashmir government, he said "If Rs 1 crore can topple the government, then in a country like ours governments will be toppled everyday."

Singh did not rule out the possibility of being targeted because he recently shared the dais with the Bharatiya Janta Party's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. He, however, said that he had not made up his mind to join politics.'

He also denied the possibility of contesting against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi from Raebareli during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

He termed the report published in 'The Indian Express' that claimed that he was involved in trying to topple the Omar Adullah government as 'baseless and motivated'. General Singh in an interview to CNN-IBN said that he did not believe that the Director General Military operations (DGMO) had written any such report.

Singh also said that the Technical Supports Division is not meant for technical equipments as the name suggests and is purely based on human intelligence. He said that the division was created on the directions of Defence Minister AK Antony.

The report published in the national daily had claimed that the unit paid an NGO to thwart the appointment of current Army Chief General Bikram Singh.

Singh has also filed an RTI application seeking a copy of the Army probe report which reportedly questions the functioning of a unit set up by him. He said, "If the newspaper can have it, I being the person who is being directly affected by he should also have it." He also added that he will be taking legal action against the newspaper.