New Delhi: Lt Gen (Retd) Tejinder Singh today sought cancellation of bail granted to former Army Chief Gen VK Singh, who is facing criminal defamation charges, in a Delhi court, saying he had levelled false allegations against him.
"He (V K Singh) is making false and defamatory allegations against me on TV channels. I can expose him in five minutes on the same TV channel but I will not do that .... Whatever steps are to be taken as per the law should be taken by the court to restrain V K Singh from making such statements," Tejinder told Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja.
During arguments on Tejinder`s plea seeking cancellation of bail, his counsel Anil Aggarwal argued that the former Army Chief had given an interview to a news channel where he had levelled defamatory allegations against his client and he had repeated it again in an another interview given recently.
"V K Singh had said I (Tejinder) am trying to influence CBI investigation...V K Singh had also said that my client was involved in sinister and anti-national activity to demean the Indian Army," Aggarwal said.
He claimed that V K Singh had also cast certain aspersions on the court which should be treated as "contempt of court" and these were enough grounds to cancel his bail.
V K Singh`s counsel Vishwajeet Singh opposed Tejinder`s plea saying he had already advised his client not to take any names and give such alleged statements in the media.
He also refuted Tejinder`s allegations about influencing the CBI saying, "How can I (V K Singh) pressurise the CBI? I am not the Home Minister."
During the hearing, the court also concluded the hearing on Tejinder`s plea seeking cancellation of exemption from personal appearance granted to other four accused. The court has reserved for October 3 its order on both the pleas.
Tejinder had lodged a criminal defamation case against V K Singh, the then Vice Chief of Army S K Singh, retired Lt Gen B S Thakur (then Director General of Military Intelligence), Major General S L Narshiman (Additional Director General of Public Information) and Colonel Hitten Sawhney.