Former Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi has revealed that information about the smallest of incidents in the Navy was being leaked by an insider in the ministry to paint it as a villain. After an accident on submarine INS Sindhuratna Admiral Joshi had resigned as the Chief of the Naval Staff in February this year. Admiral Joshi told to the reporters that, “I don’t think there was anything internal from the service. But that feeds (to media) were being given is indisputable. We know who was constantly feeding this so that should something go wrong, the service is the villain. Knights are knights in shining armour. There was a job of a particular agent of the establishment to continuously feed this news. But of course that is not the reason why I put in my papers. Like I said, I took responsibility only for the in-service aspects, but they were circumscribed by the events that I described”.
Admiral Joshi said that the Defence Ministry as well the man who headed it, AK Antony, did not support the service at a time when Navy was undergoing a series of mishaps and incidents. The Defence ministry had issued a press statement after a Naval Commanders’ Conference in 2013 accusing the Navy of “frittering away national resources.”