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Several senior armed forces veterans deny writing letter to President over alleged politicisation of services

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Several senior armed forces veterans on Friday denied writing a letter to over alleged politicisation of the services with former Sunith Francis calling it "a classic manifestation of fake news".

Meanwhile, a source said that the has not received any letter purportedly written by a group of former officers of the Army, Navy and

"I do not know what it is all about. All my life, we have been apolitical. After 42 years as an officer, it is a little late to change. We have always put first. I do not know who these people are and it (the letter with names of officers) is a classic manifestation of fake news," said.

The purported letter, which went viral on social media, named eight former services chiefs including and Ex-Air

Air Marshal Suri said, "This is not Ramdas' letter and it has been done by some Chaudhary. He has written this letter and this was coming on and emails. To put an end to it, I wrote that armed forces are apolitical and support the politically elected government."

"My consent has not been taken for any such letter. And I do not agree with whatever has been written in that letter... We have been misquoted by this Chaudhary," he added.

Former Vice Chief Lt General ML Naidu, who figured in the purported letter, said, "No, my consent has not been taken for any such letter and neither have I written any such letter."

However, when reached out by ANI, General Harsha Kakkar, an ex-who was also named, said, "Yes, I had given my consent for being a signatory to the letter. I had given my consent only after knowing the contents of it.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 14:10 IST