Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh has lifted the Discipline and Vigilance (DV) ban on Lt Gen Dalbir Singh,overturning the controversial decision made by his predecessor,and clearing the way for Lt Gen Dalbir Singhs appointment as Army commander.
The ban has been lifted days after Lt Gen Dalbir Singh replied to the showcause notice issued to him by Gen V K Singh in his last few days in office,alleging inaction in the handling of a probe into a botched intelligence operation under his command.
The notice had put a question mark on Lt Gen Dalbir Singhs appointment as Army commander,even though he had been cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). Lt Gen Dalbir Singh is in line to take over as Army Chief in 2014.
Sources said the decision to overturn the DV ban was made after Army Headquarters decided that Lt Gen Dalbir Singhs reply to the notice was satisfactory. The officer is now likely to be posted as Eastern Army Commander,a position that has been vacant since the beginning of this month when Gen Bikram Singh took over as Army Chief.
A posting order is likely to be issued shortly.
Lt Gen Dalbir Singh sent his reply to the showcause notice well before the June 10 deadline. Gen V K Singh attacked Lt Gen Dalbir Singh minutes before he handed over the baton on May 31,and has in television interviews referred to the Lt Gen as morally weak.
In March,Gen V K Singh had asked CBI to investigate charges of an alleged procurement scam. But the cabinet secretariat cleared Lt Gen Dalbir Singh.