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I am being targeted as I shared the dais with Modi: Ex-Army chief General Singh


Rajdeep Sardesai,CNN-IBN
Sep 24, 2013 at 12:15am IST

New Delhi: Former Indian Army chief General (retd) VK Singh who is facing charges of misuse of intelligence funds denied his involvement in any such activities. 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.

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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.

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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.

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."

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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.

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The General, who has often been charged with politicising the Army with his allegations as well as because of him sharing stage with political leaders, believed that none of his actions had politicised the Army and that he had every right like any other citizen to vote and to have an opinion about the politicians and governance in the country.

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.

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