VK Singh dismisses Tiwari’s ‘troop-march’ claim, calls him ‘jobless’

New Delhi: Union minister and former Army chief on Sunday dismissed claims by senior Congress leader Manish Tiwari admitting that the Raisina Hills incident was reported correctly by Indian Express in 2012.

“Manish Tewari ji has nothing to do these days. There is this book of mine, ask him to read it and everything will be clear to him,” the retired Army General told reporters.

The former Information and Broadcasting Minister had brushed aside the allegations that the news item published on April 4, 2012 was fake.

"At that time, I used to serve in the Standing Committee of Defence. And it's unfortunate, but the story was true. The story was correct. I am not getting into an argument. All I am saying is that to the best of my knowledge that story was correct," Tewari said during a book launch function in Delhi.

The Indian Express had on April 4, 2012, reported that late on the night of January 16, 2012- the day then Army Chief General V.K. Singh approached the Supreme Court on his date of birth issue, central intelligence agencies reported an unexpected and non-notified movement towards the capital by a key military unit from the mechanized infantry base in Haryana’s Hisar.

VK Singh had later called The Indian Express report “absolutely stupid.”

News24 Bureau