New Delhi: Dismissing the reports of unusual movement of two elite units of Army towards the capital in January, Army Chief Gen VK Singh has once against termed it as routine exercise by saying there was 'no need to notify the government'.

"Notify for what?  What was happening?  We keep doing this so many times," he told when asked if the Army had notified the government on the movement of the two units.

According to a report published in Indian Express on Wednesday, non-notified movement of two units of Indian Army had moved towards Delhi on January 16, the day when Army Chief General VK Singh approached Supreme Court on his date of birth issue.

Gen VK Singh also rejected any link between the timing of the troop exercises and his moving the Supreme Court and suggestions that the movement was meant to scare the government or exert pressure.

"How is there any connection.  You have gone to the Supreme Court.  What is there to scare the government for? These are fables of a sick mind," the Army Chief said.

Later on Wednesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in an attempt to clear the air on the contentious report, had described the report as ‘alarmist’ and ‘absolutely baseless’.

Earlier on Thursday, Army Chief Gen VK Singh during his visit to neighbouring Nepal had dismissed the report by terming it ‘absolutely stupid’.
Moreover, Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma and Army Vice Chief SK Singh, appearing before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, had said it was a normal process of testing the preparedness of the armed forces.

(JPN/Agencies)