Saturday, April 21, 2012

Court reserves order on plea to summon Army chief

A Delhi court nowadays reserved for April twenty six its order on summoning Army Chief Gen V K Singh and 4 others named as accused in an exceedingly criminal defamation case filed by former Lt Gen Tejinder Singh who had denied having created Rs fourteen crore bribe provide to him to strike a defence deal.

Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Jasjeet Kaur reserved the order on the criminal criticism when Tejinder Singh’s counsel said that his consumer had already recorded his statement and pre-summoning proof in support of his criticism.

Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar, who had on April ten reserved the order on Tejinder Singh’s criticism, didn't hold proceedings nowadays as he was attending a coaching session and therefore the matter was listed for hearing by MM Kaur.

Tejinder Singh, a former director general of Defence Intelligence Agency, had filed defamation criticism against the military Chief and 4 alternative Army officers trashing the allegations that he had offered the bribe for clearing a deal for 600 "sub-standard" vehicles.

Besides the military Chief, he has named Vice Chief of Army workers S K Singh, Lt Gen B S Thakur (DG MI), Major General S L Narshiman (Additional Director General of Public Information) and Lt Col Hitten Sawhney posted within the media cell, accusing them of misusing their official positions, power and authority to level false charges against him.

Tejinder Singh had contended that every one the 5 fashioned an on the spot chain of command with the military Chief being the ultimate arbiter.

During the last hearing, he had said the allegation against him of getting offered bribe on behalf of Tatra and Vectra Ltd, that provides vehicles to BEML was fully "false, ill-founded and concocted."

Tejinder Singh had told the court that between March three and five this year, variety of media reports alluded to the military Chief having allegedly ordered "unlawful monitoring" of mobiles, notably within the South Block space here.

In order to divert the general public attention from this news, that pointed fingers at senior functionaries within the Army Headquarters, as well as Gen V K Singh, the media cell of the military Headquarters issued a press unharness on March five, he had said, adding he was named within the press unharness with none correct legal sanction.

The Army Chief had in response to the legal notice by Tejinder Singh told him that he was able to substantiate the allegations within the court.

Tejinder Singh had said the press unharness, taking his name, laid four allegations against him that were "false".

He had said the allegation that he was questioned earlier on the acquisition of off-the-air monitoring system while not sanction by the competent authority was additionally false.

Regarding the allegation that he was an allottee within the Mumbai’s Adarsh housing society, Tejinder Singh had said that he was a "bonafide allottee" and no case exists against him.

The court had additionally recorded the statements of former Army Major R S Sahrawat, Bhupender Chaudhary, cousin of Tejinder Singh, and one Suman Chaudhary, who said he knew the previous Lt Gen for the last forty years.

The Army Chief had claimed in media interviews that a lobbyist, who had "just" retired, offered him a bribe of Rs fourteen crore for clearing a file concerning purchase of a tranche of 600 "sub-standard" vehicles of a selected build and he had immediately informed Defence Minister A K Antony concerning it.

The Army Chief, however, didn't wish to pursue the matter for unknown reasons, the minister had said.

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