NATIONAL SECURITY: CBI probe detrimental for Army: Jaswant Singh – probe blunting India’s sword and jeopardizing morale or Congress too anxious to shift corruption blame from themselves ?!!
From Economic Times
NEW DELHI, 10 NOV, 2010, 03.17PM IST, (IANS): Even as Defence Minister A K Antony ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the multi-crore Adarsh housing society scam, former defence minister Jaswant Singh on Wednesday said the probe will be detrimental for the army.
“Personally, I am totally and absolutely opposed to senior officers of the rank of chief of staff being investigated by CBI ,” he told reporters outside Parliament House.
The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader said that as an ex-serviceman, he finds it highly objectionable as there are mechanisms within the services which can be used in such cases.
“I take objection to the defence minister deciding that army officers of very high rank be investigated by the CBI. It is detrimental to the morale of the services, you are really blunting your own sword,” he said.
Supporting the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee , he said such committees have been formed in the past as well.
“Such committees have been there. I have been a member of some of them. Whatever is not taken care of by the mechanism within the services can be investigated by the JPC,” he added.
The 31-storey apartment block being constructed in the posh Colaba area of south Mumbai has been hit by allegations of corruption and irregularities, including charges that the flats meant for Kargil heroes and war widows were given to bureaucrats, relatives of politicians and former army and navy chiefs, among others.
Antony answers Jaswant concern – Anthony speaking for or against Gen VK Singh and the Indian Army, more anxiety here ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
New Delhi, Nov. 10: Defence minister A.K. Antony today said a CBI probe into the Adarsh housing scam has been ordered on the recommendation of the services after BJP leader Jaswant Singh questioned if it was proper for senior army commanders to be interrogated by a police outfit.
Antony rejected Jaswant’s concern that a CBI probe will hurt the morale of the armed forces and said a new head of the defence estates outfit has been given the task of “cleaning it up” after internal inquiries revealed that its officers were involved in dubious deals.
The army chief, General V.K. Singh, had himself recommended the investigation after having expressed his anguish on the involvement of senior commanders, one of whom is his predecessor, General (retired) Deepak Kapoor.
Earlier today, BJP leader Jaswant had said: “Personally, I am totally and absolutely opposed to senior officers of the rank of chief of staff being investigated by the CBI.”
He recalled his own service in the army and said he was aware of procedures within the armed forces through which such investigation can be conducted and action taken.
“I take objection to the defence minister deciding that army officers of very high rank be investigated by the CBI. It is detrimental to the morale of the services, you are really blunting your own sword,” Jaswant said.
Antony said the new director general of defence estates, Ashok Harnal, has been asked to “clean up the organisation”.
Earlier this year, the controller general of defence accounts had said there were major irregularities in the directorate general of defence estates that is the custodian of all defence land.