New Delhi, Jan. 10 (ANI): Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Sunday flatly refused to be aligned with former information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari’s statement that the Indian Express report about troop movement in August 2012 was ‘true’ and reiterated the clarification that some troop movement is necessary, inbuilt and an inevitable part of the defence mechanism.
“When this alleged incident was supposed to have taken place, the senior minister had issued a clarification but I am clarifying again that there is absolutely no truth in the allegations that we have heard today. In fact, it was clarified that some troop movement is necessary, inbuilt and an inevitable part of the defence mechanism,” Singhvi told the media here.
He asserted that his ‘valued colleague’ was neither a member of the Cabinet Committee on Security not part of the relevant decision making bodies.
“Therefore, it was ‘inappropriate, unnecessary and completely wrong’ to suggest that there was truth in those allegations,” he said.
“I wish to reiterate on behalf of the Congress that such remarks and observations in respect to which he is neither the authorised spokesperson of the party, nor privy to relevant committees and decision making groups, should be completely avoided in the future,” Singhvi added.
Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, however, backed Tewari’s troop movement claim.
“It appears, something did happen that night which was against the Constitution and democracy,” he said.
Tewari had yesterday brushed aside allegations that the news item published on April 4, 2012 was fake.
“At that time, I used to serve in the standing committee of defence. And it is unfortunate, but the story was true. The story was correct,” he said at an event in Delhi.
The Indian Express had on April 4, 2012, reported that late on the night of January 16, 2012 (the day then Army Chief General V.K. Singh approached the Supreme Court on his date of birth issue), central intelligence agencies reported an unexpected (and non-notified) movement by a key military unit from the mechanised infantry based in Hisar (Haryana) as a part of the 33rd Armoured Division (which is a part of 1 Corps, a strike formation based in Mathura and
commanded by Lt Gen. A K Singh) in the direction of the capital, 150 km away. (ANI)