"It is most unfortunate and a serious development. A former Army chief soon after retirement is getting restless to become part of the partisan narrative in the country and making statements which actually assault the dignity of the high office that he held,” he said.

"One does not expect a chief of the Indian Army to say something which is utterly irresponsible and also undermines the overall environment," he told said.

The Minister was asked a question on the statement made by VK Singh that ministers in the trouble-torn state had been paid by the Army since independence.

"Never before a former chief has acted in a manner which has led to controversies, statements, accusations and counter accusations. It is not in the interest of the country, its security and particularly what has been said about the sensitive state," he said.


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