A letter written by a group of military veterans, purportedly endorsed by eight former Army chiefs, to the President, Mr. Ram Nath Kovind, has taken a new turn with two of the former chiefs denying having endorsed, or having signed it.
Gen SF Rodrigues and Air Chief Marshal NC Suri have distanced themselves saying they never signed any such letter. Gen Rodrigues was quoted as saying he was not aware of any such letter and Air Chief Marshal Suri said he had been misquoted and did not agree to whatever is written in the letter.
Maj Priyadarshi Chowdhary (retd) who had put out the letter in the public domain responded by saying, 'We have proof of their (Rodrigues’s and Suri’s) endorsement (of the letter).'
He said a Major General-rank officer was coordinating with the generals and senior officers. 'Consent was there. We are an apolitical pressure group of veterans working on the issues affecting the forces.'
The letter expresses concern at the use of military operations for electoral or political purposes. Maj Chowdhary so far has not responded.