Army destroyed papers on V.K. Singh’s military intel unit days before he retired

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  1. Vishwarupa

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    TSD’s activities, funding under the scanner.
    When Union Minister General V. K. Singh was just days away from retiring as its chief in 2012, the Army destroyed dozens of documents on a military intelligence unit that he had created and whose activities and funding had attracted widespread scrutiny.

    According to documents perused by The Hindu, between May 22 and May 25, 2012, the Southern Army Command based in Pune moved very quickly to assemble two different boards of officers to carry out the complete destruction of all documents in its custody on Technical Services Division (TSD) — the controversial military intelligence unit Gen. Singh had set up in 2010. He retired on May 31, 2012 and later plunged into a political career with the BJP, and is now Minister of State for External Affairs in the Narendra Modi government.

    The destroyed files included payments of military intelligence funds by TSD for several months of 2010 and 2011. One file contains a detailed month-wise bank statement of the unit. Another is on the claims by Colonel Hunny Bakshi, who was heading TSD. It also contains a file on temporary duty and claims of Col. Bakshi, and a separate file on the claims of Lt. Col. Servesh Dhadwal, who, too, was part of TSD. One of the files deals with foreign visits, presumably of TSD officers.

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    Also destroyed were a “statement of case for raising of Technical Services Division (TSD)”; details of the operational role, tasks, and charter of TSD; the channel of reporting of TSD; a request on policy for spending the secret fund; policy on usage of post-paid mobile connection; and some intelligence inputs.

    According to a report by The Indian Express on August 4, 2014, an internal inquiry by Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia, the then Director General of Military Operations, found that TSD had misused secret service funds to buy mobile phone interceptors without authorisation, to fund activities to destabilise the Omar Abdullah government in Jammu and Kashmir, to fund an NGO that tried to scuttle the chances of General Bikram Singh succeeding Gen. V. K. Singh as Army chief, and for foreign travel of its officers on their personal passports

    The then Defence Secretary, S.K. Sharma, had refused to give his mandatory approval to the military intelligence budget, because of an abnormal increase in its spending, primarily caused by TSD activities.

    Against this background, the conduct of the Army in the days running up to Gen.V.K. Singh’s retirement raises serious questions of impropriety.

    More importantly, the actions could be in violation of Army regulations as well as the rules governing the classification and handling of classified documents.

    The entire data on TSD, including money spent on its supposed purported sources and reimbursement to its officers for travel and other activities, came into the custody of the Southern Army Command after TSD’s havildar-clerk, Sham Das D, mysteriously appeared in Kerala to hand over a CD containing all the details to an official of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). The DRI official claimed that he was contacted by sources based abroad, offering to sell highly sensitive military secrets.

    The DRI passed on the documents to a Major heading the detachment of the Southern Army Command liaison unit in Thiruvananthapuram. These files were written into a CD and sent to Pune, and further to the Army headquarters.

    On May 22, Brigadier V.K.K. Chavan, BGS (Intelligence) of the Southern Command “for GOC-in-C” (general officer commanding-in-chief), told Col. Anoop Kumar, the commanding officer of the liaison unit: “Request destroy all the letters mentioned in Para 1 above and all connected corres/docu related to this sensitive case at your HQ and also at 2/4 Det loc Trivendrum to eradicate any chances of leakage of info.”

    However, there seemed to have no such effort to reach out to the DRI to eradicate details that may have been in its custody.

    The very next day, Col. Kumar convened two different boards of officers: one for destroying all documents that were held in Thiruvananthapuram, and the other for documents in Pune. They were told to “assemble at place, date and time to be fixed by the presiding Offr to recommend and destroy” office copy of the southern command liaison unit letter dated May 17, and two letters dated May 18. The boards will also destroy “all connected corres/docu related to the sensitive case,” the order said.

    On May 25, the two boards met and decided on destroying all documents, including official communication between the liaison unit and the Southern Army Command. The documents destroyed by the two boards were identical and numbered up to 62 items by the boards. Most of them were documents from a TSD computer.

    On May 25, Col. Anoop Kumar commanding officer of the southern command liaison unit, approved the “destruction of documents as instructed” by the southern command. He quoted relevant paragraphs from the Regulations for the Army 1987 and CHCD-2001 (Classification and Handling of Classified Documents) to approve the decisions of the boards held on the same day.

    “However, it will be ensured that no documents are destroyed which may be of interest from historical, financial, statistical, instructional, legal or general points of view,” he said.

    Col. Kumar’s claim runs contrary to the fact that the entire set of documents were recovered from a soldier who was under a court of inquiry for leaking them and they were the most important exhibit against him. And that the documents related to the financial dealings of a unit that was already under scrutiny at the highest levels.

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...e-he-retired/article7671302.ece?homepage=true
     
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    Screambowl Ghanta Senior Member? Senior Member

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    I am sure this division had support from RAW as VK singh was once deputed in RAW, and actually created by RAW to deal with China and to gain more weapon tech from abroad covertly. None the less to covertly create pro Indian Kashmiri outfits and to keep politicians in check who directly have role in national security.
     
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    Not spelling out the full name. :devil:. Don't they usually put the full names in media reports. Why the exception now?

    Kujli is pretty widespread.:rofl:

    But what is the case 'The Hindu' is trying to make?
    If details of intel ops are put out there by insiders, would you want the sources covered or would you argue legalese?
    And if you decide to do the former than how else can it be done but by the way they chose?
    Do they suppose, they should have a Lokpal in place for such cases?
     
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    Yes..our army is anti national.... /s :doh:

    On a serious note:
    a) I don't know how true papers can be. These presstitutes lie on very simple facts ... am 100% sure most of this is masala.

    b) Assuming it is true... I am on board with it 10000000% .... Our army has an exceptional record of service and apolitical existence... Love our guys... if they did this (which I doubt)... have my support.
     
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    I have only one question, may be amateurish.. but why will the army and its officers will have anything on record..in written form on paper saying they approve destruction of files and evidence. I, as a layman cannot understand this. This is beyond comprehension. Anywhere in the world if destruction of evidence has to be done, it will be done through word of mouth and will not be documented. You do what needs to be done and with out traceability.
     
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    These docus were primaraily pertaining to funds and accounts maintained by the TSD.

    The TSD and other secretive organizations do not have any written orders for conducting covert ops for security reasons. It's all done at briefings. No one is allowed to carry any writing material.

    For example, you may be surprised to know that there was not even a shred of paper allowed on one of the largest Exercises conducted by 2 (Strike) Corps in 1998! It was all word of mouth to keep it secret. No one was allowed to write anything down! Not even a full-stop! And it was a huge Corps level exercise at that!
     
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    I have a question. On Paper, did TSD exist ? If not, then this whole article doesn't make sense.There is a difference between military intelligence and TSD. As, we all know..some agencies are created so that they cannot be traced.Basically no accountability to civilians or member of parliaments or the secretaries who ok the funds.Only two or three people know it. I am not doubting the army.They do what needs to be done.

    If funds went to Military Intelligence, then that's that.Fair enough.From there, where it went, no body knows and nobody will know because that's the purpose of having a TSD. It doesnot exist.

    One cannot conclude that funds went to TSD, if TSD doesnot exist on paper.

    My assumptions may be wrong...though.
     
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    1) If DRI officials are in touch with 'sources based abroad' then what is to say they themselves were not the conduit?
    2) Why did a havildar-clerk go to the DRI? Was this havildar-clerk also in touch with 'sources based abroad'.
    3) How the hell did 'The Hindu' end up with these details? Is DRI working for The Hindu? or was the mysterious 'sources based abroad' also feeding The Hindu?

    Or is the reality more staid that Aman ki Asha (Paki Terrorists) were in danger somehow and something had to be done and so this is what they did.
    http://paksabka.com.pk/2015/04/09/i...sd-covert-operations-in-baluchistan-pakistan/

    I say the Indian Army did the right thing by destroying the payment records. What if those who had access to or were looking for these payment records had compromised our own operatives and their sources. Who would be willing to run that risk.

    This implies that the destruction was done per rules and regulations.


    And this soldier went ahead reposing faith in DRI. Strange?

    Isn't DRI housed with officers from Central Board of Customs and Excise, with HQ at ITO-Delhi in the same premises.

    Does the DRI function under the Finance Minister (Chidambram - during the time)?

    The same DRI for whom the CAG notes:
    http://www.saiindia.gov.in/english/...nion_compliance/2015/INDT/Report_8/chap_2.pdf
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    Now if this is the SOP, ie. to have the Secret Service Fund certified by the chief then what the hell does it matter what the TSD was doing with its funds? Why must this be brought to the office of 'The Hindu'.

    And why does not The Hindu name this Defence Secretary, S.K. Sharma? Is he the same Shashi Kant Sharma the man who was in the thick of defence related expenditures and administration during UPA-2 and who was made the CAG during the dying days of UPA-2. And who has been busy writing audit reports on defence related projects (What was it - 55 reports completed!!!)
     
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    Here is why the whole thing reeks of UPA-2 panthi.

    The soldier is being framed and yet the DRI had these data with it. So there must be somebody else, high enough and important enough to have remain hidden till date.


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    The report by "The Hindu" to which the Gen. has replied.
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    I don't think the TSD was meant to exist or for people to know. So, whats the brouhaha all about ??:frusty::playball::doh:
     
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    why matters like these are published by our stupid media......
     
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    Indian Army calls off ongoing court martial proceedings against top spy Hunky Bakshi
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      • Ajit Kumar Dubey
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    • March 24, 2018 UPDATED 06:12 IST
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    A file photo of Gen VK Singh (centre), Col Huny Bakshi (third from left) with members of the Army’s Technical Support Division unit.
    HIGHLIGHTS
    • The cases against the unit members had started soon after the retirement of General VK Singh in May 2012.
    • A Havaldar from the unit was allegedly caught with classified information.
    • The TSD was created by Singh in the aftermath of the 26/11 terrorist attacks on Mumbai in 2010.

    In a major development, the Indian Army on Friday ended the six-year ordeal of the top spy and commanding officer of the controversial snooping unit Technical Support Division (TSD) Colonel Huny Bakshi as the force called off the ongoing court-martial proceedings against him at Ambala cantonment for alleged mishandling of classified information.

    The cases against members of the unit had started soon after the retirement of General VK Singh in May 2012 and continued for almost six years as the TSD commanding officer was attached for court-martial as a Havaldar from his unit was allegedly caught with classified information in 2012 by the officials of Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in Kerala.

    "The General Court Martial (GCM) held at Ambala decided on Thursday night at 1.30 am that a number of rules had not been complied with during the attachment of Bakshi for the disciplinary proceedings and that is why, it was decided that no further action can be taken against him and the proceedings have been called off," Army sources told Mail Today.

    The TSD was created by Singh in the aftermath of the 26/11 terrorist attacks on Mumbai in 2010 which was tasked for carrying out special operations both within and outside the country.

    Reacting to the development, Singh told Mail Today that he was quite relieved "that the action against the officer had been called off after such a long time" and expressed hope that these assets can now devote their time in serving the nation.

    The members of the unit were termed as 'deep assets' by formerdefence minister Manohar Parrikar as they were involved in carrying out cross-border operations including the planting of improvised explosive devices (IED) on Pakistani positions across the Line of Control (LoC) during their stint in the unit to avenge the deaths of Indian soldiers there.









    The unit included members from the Corps of Military Intelligence and an explosive expert in Lt Col Birdie from the Corps of Engineers. During Singhs date of birth tussle with defence ministry, the unit was accused of being involved in snooping on conversations of the defenceministry officials.

    It was also alleged that the members of the unit were behind an NGO in Kashmir, which had gone to court against Singhs successor to scuttle his chances. Soon after General Bikram Singh took over, the TSD was disbanded and the unit officers were thrown out of the Corps of Military Intelligence.

    A board of officers was also formed which recommended a CBI inquiry against the unit and its actions which was rejected by the government.

    The action against Bakshi continued even during the tenure of General Dalbir Singh Suhag as Bakshi was attached to a unit in Nabha in Punjab for disciplinary action. The court-martial proceedings were called off for non-compliance of Army Rule 180, which gives the right to personnel for cross-examining witnesses against them.

    The court also found that the Army inquiry had not complied with the Army Rule 525 and the Confidential and Handling of Confidential Document (CHCD) manual, which deals with the ways of handling cases related to dealing with classified information loss.
     
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