Search:



The Web

Rediff








 Latest News on mobile: sms NEWS to 7333

Home > News > PTI


Rajiv took 30 sec to call army: Alexander

August 11, 2005 18:47 IST

Late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had taken only 30 seconds to clear the deployment of army to control widespread anti-Sikh riots in 1984 in Delhi, his then principal secretary P C Alexander, said in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

Disputing the claim of former Lieutenant Governor P G Gavai that there was delay in calling the army, Alexander accused Gavai of coming up with conflicting versions of the chain of events apparently to cover up his role in tackling the situation.

"The Lt Governor has the authority to call in the army," Alexander said while taking part in the discussion on an opposition-sponsored motion on the Nanavati Commission report.

The former top bureaucrat said Gavai needn't have asked the then police commissioner to call in the army on November 1, 1984 as Gavai had claimed.

"Gavai has given different versions of the events," the member said adding former Lt Governor's assertions that he had chaired a meeting in which the home minister and the chief of army staff were summoned were wrong.

"No bureaucrat can summon the home minister to his office for the meeting," Alexander said.

He said the cabinet secretary had brought to Rajiv Gandhi's notice the deterioration in situation in the capital and asked him whether they could invoke his authority to call the army.

"Rajiv Gandhi did not dither and in half-a-minute said army should be called immediately."


7333: The Latest News on Your Mobile!


© Copyright 2005 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.

Share your comments


 What do you think about the story?




Read what others have to say:


Number of User Comments: 2




Sub: P.C.Alexander

first I wud like to know from mr Alexander what was the day/date he consulted mr Rajiv Gandhi re the deterioation of law & order ...


Posted by deepak





Sub: PC is unreliable.

It was his tenure that the defence secrets got leaked. If probed in depth, this man could be a CIA mole. He cannot be relied ...


Posted by chanakya




Disclaimer




Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Write us a letter
Discuss this article










Copyright © 2005 rediff.com India Limited. All Rights Reserved.