Shinde asks V K Singh to name J&K politicians

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New Delhi, September 24:  Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Tuesday asked former Army chief V K Singh to name Jammu and Kashmir politicians who were allegedly paid money by the Army for “stability”, saying if details are given the government was ready to probe.

“V K Singh should name politicians. He should reveal the names (of those to whom money was allegedly paid). If details are given, we can investigate,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

The Home Minister’s remarks came in the wake of the retired general’s statement that that “certain ministers” in the state are given money by the Army for “stability” and that this has been going on since Independence.

Mr Singh, who is in the eye of the storm over reports that attempts were made to topple the Jammu and Kashmir government during his tenure as the Army chief, said yesterday, the “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.”

Questioned whether all ministers are paid, he amended his statement, saying, “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.”

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