Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja reserved the order on summoning former Army chief Singh and four others on former Lt Gen Tejinder Singh's complaint, which said he had been defamed by the Army's march 5 press release, which accused him of offering a bribe of Rs 14 crore to erstwhile Army chief Singh.
The judge fixed June 8 for order after going through the file related to the issuance of the press release which was placed before it by Under Secretary R Sunder of the Defence Ministry.
In an in-camera proceeding, the court also recorded Sunder's statement, in which he said some of the documents placed by him before the court were "privileged documents".
The court, after going through the documents, closed the judicial inquiry under the Criminal Procedure Code.
"The inquiry under section 202 (relating to postponement of issue of process) of the CrPC is closed. The advocate for the complainant (Tejinder Singh) has submitted that he does not wish to re-argue the matter and wishes to adopt the arguments made on May 25, 2012. Put up for orders regarding summoning on June 8," the magistrate said.
The court had earlier on May 28 refused former Lt Gen Tejinder Singh's plea for an early order on the issue of summoning Gen V K Singh and other officers on his complaint.
It had said there was no urgency in the case and retirement of Army Chief on May 31 would not make any difference to it.
New Delhi: A Delhi court will pronounce on Friday its order on the issue of summoning former Army Chief General V K Singh on a criminal defamation case filed by Retd Lt Gen Tejinder Singh.
First Published: Wednesday, June 06, 2012, 20:54