In early September, Gen V.K. Singh spoke to NDTV’s Nitin Gokhale, addressing questions on the TSD. Excerpts:
Did you overstep your brief as army chief in issuing a press release naming a former lieutenant general as the source of the rumours alleging snooping on the defence minister and other bureaucrats?
The press keeps reporting that the army is bugging, the army has the equipment to carry out surveillance and is listening to all conversations of the political system and the raksha mantri. There cannot be anything more preposterous than that. The army of this nation does not do such things. To ensure that the image of the army is protected, we issued a clarification after checking details.
Is such equipment available with the army? Was it misused?
Such equipment is with an agency called the defence intelligence agency (DIA), which is under the integrated defence staff (IDS) and not under the army. The person who was involved in it has been part of...