A report by The Indian Express on Friday claimed that Singh set up a special unit in the Army which tried to topple the Jammu and Kashmir government.
Misusing secret service funds to destabilise Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's government in Jammu and Kashmir, paying off an NGO to try change the line of succession in the Army top brass, buying off-air interception equipment, to conduct "unauthorised" covert operations, are among some of the charges against Singh, the daily reported.
The string of alleged irregularities were allegedly conducted by the Technical Services Division (TSD), a controversial Military Intelligence (MI) unit set up by former Singh in May 2010.
The charges and a call for probe by an agency such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are part of a report by a secret Board of Officers inquiry report into the functioning of the TSD, led by Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia, DG, Military Operations, the Express said.
Funds were withdrawn from the army's secret service accounts with the State Bank of India match payments claimed by the intelligence unit officials for many covert deals, the Army's report said.
It also said that Intelligence officials allegedly withdrew Rs. 1.19 crore to bribe Jammu and Kashmir Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir to topple the state's government. Mir has denied the charge.
The army report also alleged that Rs. 2.38 crore was paid to Hakikat Singh, an activist linked to NGO 'Yes Kashmir' which had filed a petition against Bikram Singh in connection with an alleged fake encounter when he was brigadier.
The petition, which was later dismissed, was seen as an attempt to block the elevation of Bikram Singh as army chief.
Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said that the report was submitted to the then Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma around March this and a summary of which has reached the desks of the Defence Ministry and Prime Minister's Office.
Reacting to the reports, General VK Singh was quoted as saying: "This is simple vendetta as some people are not comfortable with me sharing the dais with Narendra Modi to espouse the cause of ex-servicemen in the country."
He said if anyone has recommended a probe into the functioning of the unit, then that person is "talking through his hat" as its operations were meant to be secret.
Reacting to the development, Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj said Singh was being punished for his links with the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
"Singh is being punished for speaking against the Congress government and for his links with Modi," said Punj.
Former IPS officer and social activist Kiran Bedi tweeted: "When VK Singh was at th helm,speaking up for integrity, he was a hero! Now that he has spoken as an insider,efforts will b to shoot him down."
"Amongst us r th Rhino skinned who thrive despite being 'tried' and those who are daring to speak up,but considered a threat to that monopoly!" she said.
"Our crab culture is developed to perfection! Moment people get a whistle blower,v go after the whistle to somehow silence it!," Bedi posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
She further said: "Secret Service Funds are with almost every law enforcement/Army Organisation!Will th Govt consider use of these 'OPEN' as Public Policy?"
Bedi said the government must deal with Singh with maturity.
"Govt must deal with Gen VK Singh with maturity. Millions of persons in armed forces r watching this. Now that he is speaking up for them also," she said.
"Jungle of 1 breed of birds/animals does not like to be intruded in by another breed with a diff sound/colour!(This is ref whistle blowers)," she tweeted.
--IBNS (Posted on 20-09-2013)