Defence ministry sends spokesperson on leave after controversy breaks out over his tweet criticising ex-navy chief

Hours after the following controversy took place, the Twitter handle of the principal spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence announced that Colonel Aman Anand had taken over as acting official spokesperson after the previous spokesperson went "on leave".


An irate tweet posted on the official handle of the defence ministry on Friday morning put the ministry in a spot of bother. The tweet, posted in response to a comment by former navy chief Admiral Arun Prakash, was on the subject of misuse of an Army Command's insignia by a civilian.

On 24 October Admiral Prakash had tweeted:

In response, the official handle of the spokesperson of the defence ministry said, "What about misuse of jawans in your residence during your tenure, sir? And how about children being picked up and dropped to school in fauji gaadis? Not to forget Madam's shopping expedition on government vehicles. And endless parties...who pays for that?" However, the tweet was later deleted and a subsequent one said that it was posted inadvertently. However, several Twitter users expressed outrage following the comment, with some calling for stringent action against the person who posted the tweet.

Admiral Prakash subsequently reacted to the issue, saying, "Rather than getting excited over indiscreet tweet of @SpokespersonMoD I would suggest sober reflection; (a) by MoD on state of civil-military relations and (b) by military leadership on the aspersions cast by MoD (IDAS?) civil servant on personal conduct of service officers." IDAS refers to Indian Defence Accounts Service.

Updated Date: Oct 27, 2018 08:25:02 IST