Defamation case: Recording against VK Singh likely

Last Updated: Monday, April 9, 2012 - 21:04

New Delhi: Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh is
likely to record his statement on Tuesday before a Delhi court
in connection with a criminal defamation case filed against
Army Chief General VK Singh and four others.

Taking cognizance of his complaint, Metropolitan
Magistrate Sudesh Kumar had during the last hearing asked
Tejinder Singh to record pre-summoning evidence in support of
his allegations levelled against the Army Chief and four
others.

Besides Army Chief Gen VK Singh, he has also named Vice
Chief of Army Staff SK Singh, Lt Gen BS hakur (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.

During the hearing, Tejinder Singh had submitted that
between March 1 and March 4, large number of media reports had
emerged with allegations of carrying out illegal off-the-air
monitoring of call records of some senior officials.

He said that on March 5 the media cell of the Army Head
Quarters issued a press release, levelling serious allegations
against him by name.

Tejinder Singh said he was accused of managing all the
media reports and the press release also said that he was
questioned for the purchase of off-the-air monitoring system.

During the hearing, the court had inquired from Tejinder
Singh and his counsel about the respective roles of the five
accused in the case.

Tejinder Singh refuted allegations that he has offered
bribe for purchase of sub-standard vehicles.

He had said that no investigation or FIR has been lodged
against him in the Mumbai-Adarsh society case in which he has
been allotted a flat.

Tejinder Singh`s counsel had said the press release
issued by Army officials was illegal as they were not
authorised to do so and the officials could not address the
media directly.

The Army Chief had claimed in media interviews that a
lobbyist, who had "just" retired, offered him a bribe of Rs 14
crore for clearing a file relating to purchase of a tranche of
600 "sub-standard" vehicles of a particular make and he had
immediately informed Defence Minister AK Antony about it.

In a suo motu statement in the Rajya Sabha, Antony had
said that the Army Chief had told him about Tejinder Singh
allegedly offering him the bribe, which he heard with "shock"
and asked him to take action against the person.

But the Army Chief did not want to pursue the matter for
unknown reasons, the minister had said.

Tejinder Singh, in his complaint, had said the Army Chief
had levelled false allegations against him in the March 5
press release in order to get his name cleared from the
phone tapping controversy.

PTI



First Published: Monday, April 9, 2012 - 21:04

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