Defamation against Army Chief sent to another court

Metropolitan Magistrate transferred the matter for further proceedings to ACMM Amit Bansal saying the counsel for the complainant appears to have "lost confidence over the courts of law".

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday refused to pass orders on a criminal defamation case against Army Chief General VK Singh and four others citing loss of confidence and "apparent attempt" to "pressurise" by petitioner Lt Gen Tejinder Suingh`s counsel.

Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Sudesh Kumar transferred the case to Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Amit Bansal saying counsel Anil Kumar Aggarwal, who is appearing for Tejinder Singh, has "lost confidence over the courts of law and legal procedure".

"It appears that counsel for complainant (Tejinder Singh) Anil Kumar Aggarwal, in his zeal to obtain favourable orders for his client, did not wait for the hearing and on May 3, 2012 filed an application seeking corrections in the order sheet dated April 26, 2012," the magistrate said.

"I have gone through the said application. The tone and tenor of this application reflects an apparent attempt to overreach, browbeat and pressurise this court into falling into lines of dictates of the counsel for complainant," he said.

The magistrate was scheduled to pass his order today on Tejinder Singh`s complaint but he transferred it to ACMM Bansal and directed the complainant to appear before the ACMM on May 7.

Besides the Army chief, Tejinder Singh has named Vice Chief of Army Staff SK Singh, Lt Gen BS Thakur (DG MI), Major General SL Narshiman (Additional Director General of Public Information) and Lt Col Hitten Sawhney, accusing them of misusing their official positions, power and authority to level false charges against him.