New Delhi: Denying that he was behind the leak of his letter to the Prime Minister, Army Chief General VK Singh on Thursday came out strongly against the allegations, saying that "cynical approach to tarnish his reputation should stop".
"I have nothing to do with it. The leak of the letter should be treated as high treason. This cynical approach to tarnish my reputation has to be stopped. The source of leak has to be found and dealt with ruthlessly," he said in a statement.
Earlier, General VK Singh's leaked letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presenting a grim picture of the force's state of preparedness led to demands by SP and RJD for his dismissal even as Government and Opposition were agreed his concerns should not have come out in the open.
As the opposition parties expressed as much concern over the media leak of the letter as its contents, BJP said the contents are "scary". Congress advocated a cautious approach to the demand for dismissal saying it was not an answer.
There was a strong demand to launch a probe how the letter was leaked to the media. It was also felt that the Army Chief should have first raised his concerns on the risk to the country's security directly with the Defence Minister.