V K Singh apologises to Supreme Court over comments on his age row verdict

SC had demanded Singh to explain his statements against the court's verdict on his age row.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: February 7, 2014 10:20 am

Former Army Chief Gen V K Singh tendered an “unqualified apology” in the contempt case initiated suo motu by the Supreme Court over some of his contentious statements against judiciary.

In early October,the Supreme Court had issued a notice of criminal contempt to former Army Chief Gen V K Singh,demanding that he explain his statements against the court’s verdict on his age row.

A bench of Justices R M Lodha and H L Gokhale initiated suo motu contempt proceedings on the basis of a report published in The Indian Express on September 22,which reproduced Singh’s statements to news agency ANI.

In the contempt notice,the bench mentioned that Singh was said to have issued certain statements to ANI,which “prima facie,scandalises or tends to scandalise this court”.

The court also issued notice to this newspaper,saying: “Let a notice be also issued to the publisher of The SundayExpress for publishing the above statements of Gen V K Singh.”

During the next hearing on October 23, the court said that it welcomes criticism of its judgements but it cannot brook attribution of motive behind them as it ordered former Army Chief General V K Singh to explain some “serious” statements made by him against the court’s 2012 verdict on his age row.

A bench of Justice R M Lodha and Justice H L Gokhale took up the suo motu contempt petition against Singh and gave him the final opportunity to adduce his written response to the contempt notice by November 15.

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