Three Army Veterans Deny Signing Letter Sent to President Against Politicization of Armed Forces

Two former service chiefs are among three top-ranking defense officers to have denied signing a letter written to the President against the “politicization” of the armed forces in the ongoing elections.

It was earlier it was reported that, eight former service chiefs and 148 other military veterans have written to President Ram Nath Kovind, expressing outrage over what they termed using the armed forces for political purposes. The signatories of the letter allegedly included former Army chiefs General (retired) SF Rodrigues, General (retired) Shankar Roy Chowdhury and General (retired) Deepak Kapoor, former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal (retired) NC Suri.

Former Army Chief General Sunith Francis Rodrigues has denied writing or signing any letter calling it ‘classic manifestation of fake news’. Former Air Marshal Suri and Former Army Vice Chief Lt General ML Naidu too have denied writing any such letter.

“I don’t know what it is all about. All my life, we’ve been apolitical. After 42 years as an officer, it’s a little late to change. We in the services have always done what the government in power ordered us, we are an instrument of the state. Anyone can say anything and then sell it as fake news, I don’t know who this gentleman is who wrote this,” he said to ANI.

“This is not Admiral Ramdas’ letter (purported letter written by armed forces veterans to President) & it has been done by some Major Chaudhary. He has written this & it was coming on WhatsApp & emails. To put an end to it, I wrote that armed forces are apolitical & support the politically elected govt. And no, my consent has not been taken for any such letter. I don’t agree with whatever has been written in that letter. We have been misquoted,” Air Chief Marshal NC Suri to ANI.

While the Rashtrapati Bhavan has denied receiving any such letter, Congress and other opposition parties continue to attack the Bharatiya Janata Party for this alleged letter that has been apparently sent to the President of India.