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IB gives letter leak report to PM, Defence Minister
Ajay Banerjee/TNS

New Delhi, June 7
Tasked with finding out persons who leaked the then Army Chief General VK Singh’s classified letter on war preparedness to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Intelligence Bureau has submitted its findings to the government.

The findings, submitted to the Prime Minister and Defence Minister AK Antony orally, trace the movement of the letter and how it was leaked, well-placed sources told The Tribune.

The IB had prepared a written report but it was asked to provide details on the subject orally considering the sensitivity of the issue. Persons behind the leak were indirectly or directly benefiting from the intense divide within the Army, which saw

@unprecedented controversies in the past few months, the sources said, adding that some names have been shared with the PM and Antony. It is clear, the sources said, that the motive was to embarrass the government while Parliament was in session.

The Initelligence Bureau has trashed reports that a woman Joint-Secretary level officer in the Cabinet Secretariat leaked the letter. “That woman is not guilty of the leak,” a senior functionary revealed.

In the second week of May when reports had surfaced about the said woman officer, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth had gone on record to state the report was "wrong". The government had also rubbished the reports.

Details of the former Army Chief’s classified letter were published in a newspaper leading to a furore in Parliament with MPs demanding removal of the General. Antony announced an inquiry and asked the Initelligence Bureau to probe. On his part, VK Singh termed the leak as an act of treason and sought punishment for the guilty.

In the last week of May, VK Singh alleged that his letter to the PM was leaked by the Ministry of Defence.





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