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Army chief mends fences with govt

A day before ending his career as a soldier, army chief VK Singh on Wednesday attempted to put behind his differences with the government and clarified that some controversies he had supposedly been involved were imaginary.

india Updated: May 30, 2012 23:53 IST
HT Correspondent

A day before ending his career as a soldier, army chief VK Singh on Wednesday attempted to put behind his differences with the government and clarified that some controversies he had supposedly been involved were imaginary.


Speaking at the National Defence Academy (NDA), his alma mater, Singh said there was no misunderstanding between him and the defence ministry.

"There is no misunderstanding between us and the ministry of defence. We have a raksha mantri (AK Antony) who is very clear-headed and (supportive of) the armed forces," Singh said after reviewing the passing-out parade of the NDA cadets, something that he was part of 46 years ago.

General Singh was at the centre of various controversies such as his confidential letter to the Prime Minister on defence preparedness being leaked to the media, confrontation with the government over his date of birth or allegations of corruption in weapons purchases.

Singh said, "Certain controversies were created, certain controversies erupted, certain controversies can be ascribed to my dear media friends who see a ghost behind every bush."

He declined to comment on lieutenant general Tejinder Singh's complaint to the defence minister that he had been defamed by the army chief. "I don’t want to comment on what Tejinder Singh has done. Those of us who know him well know what kind of things he tries, what he has been trying and what he has been doing. This is not a forum to castigate him or do anything else."