Plea of former Army chief,four others rejected

The court of Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja also dismissed another petition filed by the five officers to convert the matter into a warrant case from a summons case.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2012 12:38:14 am

A Delhi court has dismissed a petition filed by former Army Chief General V K Singh for summoning of a file from the Defence Ministry as evidence in a defamation case filed against him and four others by Lt Gen Tejinder Singh.

The court of Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja also dismissed another petition filed by the five officers to convert the matter into a warrant case from a summons case.

Tejinder Singh had accused Vice-Chief of Army Staff S K Singh,Lt Gen B S Thakur (DGMI),Major General S L Narshiman (Additional DG of Public Information),Lt Col Hitten Sawhney and Gen V K Singh of misusing their official positions to level false charges against him. He had approached the court alleging he was defamed by the Army through a press release issued on March 5,accusing him of offering a bribe of Rs 14 crore to V K Singh to clear a deal.

The five officers had filed an application demanding that the ministry file containing the press release and other documents be re-summoned by the court so that it can be examined by them and used as evidence. The court had earlier summoned the file and returned it without allowing them to make copies of the contents.

The five officers have filed applications for permanent exemption from personal appearance,which will be heard by the court on September 10 along with an application by Tejinder Singh to cancel the bail granted to them.

The court also asked the defence counsel to refrain from using “inconsiderate language” with regard to the complainant. The remark was made in response to a comment made by the defence during arguments on the last hearing,saying Tejinder was “pursuing a sinister anti-national agenda”.

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