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Was misquoted, Gen Singh tells J&K speaker

In his reply to the Jammu and Kashmir speaker on the breach of privilege motion, former army chief General VK Singh (retd) has sought that the proceedings be quashed against him.

chandigarh Updated: Dec 13, 2013 23:17 IST
Tarun Upadhyay

In his reply to the Jammu and Kashmir speaker on the breach of privilege motion, former army chief General VK Singh (retd) has sought that the proceedings be quashed against him.


Gen Singh has said that the quotes attributed to him in interviews were inaccurate and that he had not made any statement that affected the position or dignity of the legislature. "Allegations against me by way of breach of privilege motion moved by the legislative assembly are not made and appear to be the case of misinformation. Therefore, the same may kindly be quashed by your goodself and no further proceedings may kindly be carried out in the interest of justice," Gen Singh said in his reply to the Speaker Mubarak Gul.

"I have the utmost regard for all democratic institutions. Various quotes attributed to me are inaccurate and incorrect and in television interviews I have not spoken anything that could affect the functioning or decorum of the legislature or any of the members thereof as also anything whatsoever that shall impede the members in carrying out their legislative functions," Gen Singh's statement read.

Though the reply was sent to the Speaker on November 10, its copy was made available to the media on Thursday.

The notice was issued to Gen Singh on October 24 in response to a breach of privilege motion by 15 ministers and MLAs against him after private news channels telecast interviews of him saying that politicians in Jammu and Kashmir were paid under civic action schemes undertaken by the army for several years.

An asssembly spokesperson said the reply had been forwarded to signatories of the breach of privilege notice and they had been asked to give their replies, if any, to the Speaker within a week for further course of action.

In an interview to news agency PTI last month, Gen Singh had said: "I have never said that they (ministers and MLAs) are paid under Sadbhavna (civic action schemes undertaken by the army). I have just said that certain projects are taken up that help build stability (in the region). This could be a bridge or a transformer."