Nothing will be brushed under carpet: Gen. Singh on army-linked controversies
New Delhi, June 1 (ANI): Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh on Friday said that it would be his endeavor to have all cases related to officers investigated properly and taken to its logical conclusion as per army rules.
In his first interaction with the media after assuming charge as the 25th Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, referring specifically to allegations of a failed intelligence operation in Assam in 2011 and a fake encounter in March 2010 under the command of Lt. Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag of the army's 3 Corps, said: "I think there was a letter, which was sent by my (Eastern Command) Chief of Staff to the three courts to investigate those allegations."
"There should be nothing, which should be brushed under the carpet. I wish to assure you this. This would be investigated, and we will take it to its logical conclusion," he added.
When asked for his comments on controversies taking place in the Indian Army over the last eight months, General Singh said: "When you drive a car, you look at the windscreen, not at the rear view mirror. It is better to leave behind what happened in the past, and look through the windscreen and not through the rear view mirror while taking the army ahead."
To a poser on the state of preparedness and capability of the Indian Army, General Singh said: "It is my endeavor to ensure that the army remains operationally ready and worthy of the expectations of our people."
Asked what would be his message to the 1.3 million strong army on assuming its command, General Bikram Singh said: "The message for the force is that let's put our best foot forward, let's continue to remain the secular force, let's continue to remain an apolitical force, and let's continue to do our job the way it is supposed to be done."
"I am deeply honoured to take over the Chief of the Army Staff, the 25th chief. And, I wish to assure everybody that the Indian Army shall continue to carry out its task, fulfill its constitutional obligation, perform its role as per the desired norms and make sure that it remains as one of the most accountable, most responsive, most disciplined and most worthy elements of national power," General Singh said at the Army Headquarters in South Block here.
General Singh was speaking a day after his predecessor General V.K. Singh had superannuated, but while demitting office, had expressed his alarm over allegations of the fake encounter not being investigated.
It maybe recalled that General (retired) V. K. Singh has put Lt. Gen. Suhag's promotion to be the next Eastern Army commander on hold in connection with a failed intelligence operation in Assam in 2011 and an alleged fake encounter of March 2010.
Gen. Singh is on record as saying that he has forwarded a report on the allegations against the army officer concerned to the Eastern Command headquarters, which in turn has asked headquarters 3 Corps to investigate.
Lt. Gen. Suhag is currently under a discipline and vigilance ban and has been given ten days time to reply to the army headquarters notice to him. By Praful Kumar Singh (ANI)
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