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Secret funds to topple govt: NC seeks demand for judicial probe

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   Jammu, September 23, 2013
First Published: 22:29 IST(23/9/2013) | Last Updated: 22:30 IST(23/9/2013)

The National Conference (NC) on Monday reiterated the demand for a judicial investigation by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court to look into the alleged use of secret funds by former army chief Gen VK Singh (retd) to destabilise the Jammu and Kashmir government.

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"The NC demands a judicial probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court into the expose and into the conduct of VK Singh during his tenure as GoC 15 Crops and as GoC Victor Force in Kashmir," NC provincial president Devender Singh Rana told the media here on Monday. He described the charges as serious and a blot on the democracy.

Rana castigated the Singh for lowering the dignity of the high office by indulging in petty machinations borne out of myopic mindset to meddle with the destiny of the people of the state. "How can a person of the stature of chief of the army staff don upon himself a role carved out for the people in a democratic country. This expose has shattered the confidence of people of J&K and the entire country," he said.

The provincial president said the NC stood vindicated after the revelation of Gen Singh's role in overthrowing the democratically elected government led by chief minister Omar Abdullah in 2010. "Ever since the positioning of Gen Singh as the GoC, Victor Force, in Kashmir, he had developed close links with Kashmir-based political elements and sustained this special relationship in his elevated capacities," he said.

On being asked why the chief minister was not taking action against agriculture minister Ghulam Hassan Mir as he (Mir) figured in reports of having allegedly received funds from a unit set up by Singh to topple the government, Rana said: "The state government must be verifying the veracity of the report. As and when they probe the report it is for them to take any decision. As for my party (NC), I leave it to the conscience of Gulam Hassan Mir."

He further said, "On mere allegations, then minister for home Sajjad Kichoo resigned and allowed the investigation to get underway. That was morality. Morality demands that a political entity when accused of certain thing should move out. This is my personal opinion."


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