Army chief VK Singh guns for Indian Express 'spook rpt'

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Army Chief VK Singh
New Delhi, Apr 7: Army chief VK Singh on Saturday hit out at the Indian Express's "spook" report that claimed that the Army troops made an unauthorised movement towards Delhi on Jan 16th night.

In an interview with The Hindu, he called the spook report "fables of a sick mind", "absurd and deplorable".

According to the report in The Hindu, the Army Chief said that the Army did not have to "notify" the government regarding its routine exercise.

He further rejected the claim of any link up between the troop exercises and his petition on the date of birth issue.

"It was not like that. No clarification was asked for. These were routine issues," he said on being asked if the civil authority asked him for any clarification over the issue.

"I don't think one or two units should ever bother anyone. It was not as if the whole of the armoured division was marching towards Delhi. This is just a figment of imagination," he said.

"These are fables of a sick mind. Anyone who makes a connection needs to see a psychiatrist," he added.

He further said, "It is the rogue elements of the bureaucracy who want to blow things up."

"The Army is the upholder of the country's values. Those who think differently about the Army need their heads examined and are the biggest anti-nationals."

"I had followed the laid down norms of a democratic Constitution and gone to the Supreme Court. I am on the same page as the government. We enjoy good relations, and I have no differences with the Raksha Mantri," he said on the age row issue.

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