BEML chief’s defamation notice to V K Singh

A day after the retirement of General V K Singh as the chief of the Indian Army,Ministry of Defence affiliated public sector unit Bharat Earth Movers Limited

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore | Published: June 2, 2012 3:51 am

A day after the retirement of General V K Singh as the chief of the Indian Army,Ministry of Defence affiliated public sector unit Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) and its controversial chairman and managing director V R S Natarajan on Friday announced the issuance of a defamation notice against the former Army chief for recent statements he made regarding BEML’s defence supplies.

Natarajan used a forum to announce BEML’s annual results to reply to a series of allegations made against the company regarding its defence supplies business by General V K Singh just days ahead of his retirement.

Referring specifically to the former chief’s recent statements that “anything to do with BEML must be investigated’’,that the Armoured Recovery Vehicles (ARVs) sourced and supplied through BEML were the “most useless vehicle given to the Army’’ and that the “faultline runs all over BEML’’,the PSU’s CMD demanded an expression of regret from General V K Singh.

“When you look at the issue — the first interview or the second interview — and the revelations that the Army chief made,I as the chief of this company and we as a management team feel he has made a derogatory,defamatory remark and have issued a defamatory notice today,’’ Natarajan said.

“This has been served on the former chief of Army staff requesting him to apologise and express regret and if he fails to do that we would have to file a defamation suit against the chief. This is to protect the image,honour and prestige of this company that has been built over 45 years,’’ he said.

According to the BEML CMD the former Army chief’s statements suggest that there is something fraudulent in every activity that is being carried out by BEML.

“We are not only in defence,we are in mining and construction,dredging,aerospace,and we are in metro rail,so we deal with a diverse customer base in many countries so the statements made are very damaging. It is unbecoming of a man of that stature,’’ he said.

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