Chief Minister Omar Abdullah told the Assembly that, "If money was given, then he (V K Singh) must mention that to whom was it given and the purpose. We don't want to be suspected, and I request the government of India not to dismiss these allegations. We will wait for the truth."
He also informed the Assembly members that he had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sept 25, where he had demanded an extensive probe into the issue to restore the credibility of all political parties in the state.
He said that Singh without any specific details, pointed to all mainstream politicians.
According to him, this has called enormous damage to the institution of democracy in the state,and therefore the CM said he was acting on behalf of all political parties.
Abdullah on Sept 25 said the Centre should conduct a thorough probe into the allegations.
"This accusation of his (Singh) that all Ministers since 1947 have taken money from the Army...[mandates]...that the Government of India conducts a threadbare inquiry and the findings, whatever they may be, should be shared with us," he told reporters in Srinagar.
"We have no financial dealings with the army. His accusations have made our jobs more difficult and have dealt a blow to the credibility of the people working in my government and political parties," Abdullah had said.
The statement came after Singh, who is under attack for allegedly trying to topple the Jammu and Kashmir government and also for financial misappropriations, said the Army pays ministers in the state to maintain stability.
"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 part of the stabilising factor in the state and for organising various activities," Singh told Times Now.
Asked to specify if all ministers are involved, he said: "May be not all the ministers but certain ministers and people who are given a certain sum to get a particular thing done. That job involves bringing stability to a particular area."
"There are times like who funded KPL (Kashmir Premier League)? Did the JK government or Omar Abdullah fund it? The Army funded it," Singh said.
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.
--IBNS (Posted on 08-10-2013)