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SC accepts VK Singh`s apology, closes contempt case against him

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 14:40

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday accepted the unconditional apology tendered by former army chief VK Singh for his objectionable remarks on the apex court`s order in connection with a dispute over his age.

The highest court also closed the contempt case against him.

The development came a day after VK Singh withdrew his statement, saying he had no intention to bring disrepute to the highest court and its judges, who are like "Demigods".

Singh, who was slammed by the court for "scandalising" the court and attributing motives to its verdict, said he has "highest respect" for the judiciary, particularly the apex court.
"I have the highest respect for the judiciary particularly this Hon`ble Court. Inspite of occasional criticism reported in isolated cases, I firmly believe that the judges are Demigods compared to other departments of our public life," he said in an unconditional apology tendered to the apex court.

"To attribute unworthy or illegitimate motives to the judges who dealt with my withdrawn petition on February 10, 2012 was far from my mind. I hold them in high respect and I hereby tender an unqualified apology if unwittingly due to erroneous reporting of my words I have created an impression of making some objectionable imputation."
"I admit that it is possible though highly improbable that in the long interview of 20 minutes I may have used some inappropriate ambiguous expression," Singh said in his reply to the contempt notice filed through advocate Prabhjit Jauhar.

The apex court had on October 1 issued notice to Singh after taking suo motu cognisance of his remarks against its order on his age row published on September 22, saying it prima facie amounts to "scandalising" and undermining the authority of the court.

Singh, 63, who served the army for 42 years, said his petition was withdrawn by his counsel on February 10, 2012 due to "technical difficulty".

First Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 14:36
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