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VK Singh drags PMO in age, other rows

New Delhi, November 8
Former Army Chief General VK Singh, whose last days in office was marred by a legal battle with the government in the Supreme Court, has sought to drag the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) over his age row and the Tatra truck scandal saying a senior bureaucrat there was "orchestrating" the issues. He has claimed in his just-released autobiography 'Courage and convictions' that the media appeared to be wanting him out of office after the second hearing in the age case that came as a "big blow".

But he continued as Army Chief after he met the then President Pratibha Patil who told him to "carry on with the work you are doing", the General says without taking any names of those he was attacking. On the controversy relating to the Tatra truck deal he says the name of a PMO official was "cropping up regularly" and his relatives had been given plots in the BEML complex, the PSU assembling Tatra trucks in India. "There was little doubt that a very senior bureaucrat in the PMO had been orchestrating the entire age issue. Ever since I blocked the Tatra files, the name of the person had been cropping up regularly. PTI

Nehru had paranoia of military coup

Since independence, the top political leadership in the country has been haunted by the possibility of a military takeover. It is no secret that people around Nehru exploited his paranoia of a military coup and started chipping away at the Army in an evolving civil-military relationship.
General VK Singh in his new book

Ex-Prez denies his claim on quitting

Nashik: Contradicting his claim, former President Pratibha Patil on Friday denied that she had advised the then Army Chief General VK Singh not to resign over the age controversy. She said she had told him that it was for him to decide whether to quit or not. "....whether to resign or not, it is your decision," she had told General Singh when he met her after the second Supreme Court hearing in his dispute over age with the government that came as a "big blow". 

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