J&K House summons Army ex-chief VK Singh

The Privilege Committee of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council Monday decided to ask former Army Chief General V K Singh to appear in person before the Committee on January 9, 2014, to explain his position on allegations that politicians in the state were paid by the Army.

An official spokesman said the decision was taken in a meeting of the Privilege Committee held in Jammu under the chairmanship of Jugal Kishore Sharma comprising MLCs Devender Singh Rana, Ravinder Kumar Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Ali Mohammad Dar and Showkat Hussain Ganai.

The privilege motion against Singh was moved by MLCs Ajay Sadhotra, Devender Singh Rana and Khalid Najeeb Suhrawardy in the last session of the Council taking cognizance of his allegations that since 1947 politicians in J&K are paid by the Army and other intelligence agencies for “nationalistic work and maintaining peace in the State.”

“The Army transfers money to all the ministers in Jammu and Kashmir... Because there are various things to be done and ministers have to do so many things as a part of the stabilising factor in the state and for organising various activities,” he had said while responding to allegations that the state agriculture minister Ghulam Hassan Mir was paid Rs 1.19 crore by the Technical Support Division set up during his tenure to topple the Omar Abdullah government in 2010.

Last month, General Singh submitted his reply to a breach of privilege notice served on him by the Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.

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