The Indian Express had reported on April 4, 2012, a news titled “The January night Raisina Hill was spooked: Two key army units moved towards Delhi without notifying Government.” The Government then was UPA led by Congress. The Chief of Army then was General V.K. Singh. The media suggestion was a coup attempt by General V.K. Singh!
However, an embarrassed Congress had rejected the report.
The Indian Express was reporting on April 4, 2012, what was supposed to have happened on the night of January 16, 2012. The word “spooked” in the headline of the newspaper here in this context means ‘to frighten.’ To come to the point, it says that General V.K. Singh was trying to frighten the UPA-Government or whomsoever he wanted to.
Reason could be that it was on January 16, 2012, the same day the army movements were alleged that Gen. V.K. Singh had approached the Supreme Court regarding the controversy over his date of birth. It was an issue which saw him locked in a bitter confrontation with UPA-Government. Help, I suppose, for this must have come from some senior retried high-ranking army officers who are into the business of acting as agents in army purchases — looting of course. Gen. V.K. Singh had exposed them thus provoking these new merchants of army weapon to fix him.
From what I have been reading since Nehru’s time (Jeep scandal), I agree with Gen. V.K. Singh when he says in his autobiography that procurement and acquisitions made the armed forces the cash cow for successive Governments.
This controversy of unnotified army movement once again raised its ugly head when, one of the many Congress leaders who are visible only on TV or as paper tigers in newspapers, Manish Tiwari replied to a question at a book release function in New Delhi recently saying the report suggesting a coup attempt by General V.K. Singh was “unfortunate but true.” For a section of the Congressmen and also the media, any stick is good enough to beat the General who is alwa...more