The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council's Privileges Committee, which had issued summons to former army chief Gen VK Singh, in a meeting on Monday decided to call him in person on January 22, after not being satisfied with the reply of the general.
The meeting was called to review the letter sent by Gen Singh after failing to appear before the committee on January 9, received by the council chairman after that date.
"The letter sent to the chairman and examined by the committee was not written by general himself. It was sent by his advocate, who had not mentioned in the letter that he was replying on behalf of the general, so, it was decided to call him in person," said committee chairman Congress MLC Jugal Kishore Sharma.
Jugal said the counsel of the general had only enclosed the reply sent by Gen Singh to the state assembly speaker, and had also mentioned that copies of the CD submitted sent to the speaker could be collected from the assembly secretariat.
Sources said the matter would be disposed off on the same day if Gen Singh appeared in person. The committee on December 8 had issued summons to Gen Singh to appear before it on January 9, after a privilege motion was moved against him over his remarks in a television interview stating the Army had paid politicians in the state.
The lower house had also issued a notice to Singh on the same issue. In his reply to the speaker, calling for quashing of proceedings against him, Gen Singh had said allegations levelled against him by way of breach of privilege motion moved by the assembly appeared to be a "case of misinformation".
The privilege committee of the upper house (council) had, in its meeting on January 9, issued fresh summons to Singh through the Haryana director general of police with a copy to the Haryana Speaker. Monday's meeting was called after Gen Singh had sent his reply to the council chairman.
While the Congress is against calling Singh, with Pradesh Congress Committee president Saif-ud-din Soz issuing a statement that he was not in favour of the move, the National Conference is insisting on his appearance.
Sources said the NC, in the last meeting, had called for issuing non-bailable warrants against Singh for his non-appearance, while the demand was opposed by the Congress members of the committee. Congress was represented by Jugal Kishore in the meeting as the other two Congress members were not in the state, while all NC members were present.
In an interview to a news agency last November, Singh had said, "I have never said that they (ministers and MLAs) are paid money under Sadbhavna (civic action schemes undertaken by the Army). I have just said that certain projects are taken up which help in stabilising the relations. This can be building bridge or a transformer."