New Delhi: Amid controversy over the letter leak, Army Chief General VK Singh while speaking to the media on Friday said he has nothing more to say on the matter.

Nothing left to say. I clarified myself yesterday. There is no point in speculating,” Gen VK Singh said on the sideline of Assocham meet in New Delhi.

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During the meet he stressed upon the need of reducing the dependency on foreign firms by saying, “We source 70 percent of equipment from outside. There is an immediate need of reducing it. I am trying to reduce dependence on foreign firms.”

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Earlier on Thursday, Defence Minister AK Antony stated that leaking of the letter addressed to Manmohan Singh is condemnable and anti-national move. The Minister also said that all the three service chiefs enjoy the confidence of the government.

VK Singh, who is due to retire on May 31, had said that the leakage of the letter should be treated as high treason. He also alleged that the cynical approach to tarnish his reputation should be stopped and sources of the leakage should be found and dealt with ruthlessly.

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In his letter to Manmohan Singh, VK Singh pointed to a shortage of arms and ammunition in the armed forces and questioned the Indian Army's fighting capability. According to leaked reports, VK Singh's letter states that army tanks have run out of ammunition. It also emphasizes the need to bridge the shortcomings and bring the army to a fighting level.

Army Chief in an interview on Monday had alleged that a recently-retired officer offered him a bribe of Rs 14 crore to clear the purchase of substandard trucks and that the government didn't act on his complaint on the issue.

On Wednesday, Army Chief accompanied by wife Bharti Singh offered prayers at the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir.

(JPN)