SC dismisses plea against Lt Gen Bikram Singh
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a PIL filed against Lt Gen Bikram Singh challenging his appointment as the Army Chief-designate.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a public interest litigation (PIL) filed against Lt Gen Bikram Singh challenging his appointment as the Army Chief-designate.
The apex court, after examining his service records, dismissed the petition.
It said all relevant facts on Bikram Singh were placed before the Cabinet panel on appointments.
The apex court had, before lunch, asked the government to place on record the file pertaining to the appointment of Bikram Singh as the Army Chief-designate.
The PIL was moved by several people, including some retired armed forces officers and former bureaucrats.
The petitioners, including Indian Navy Chief Admiral LN Ramdas, had challenged the appointment on the basis of some allegations against Bikram Singh - alleged fake encounter in J&K in 2001 and sexual misconduct by Indian troops during a United Nations mission to Congo when Lt Gen Singh was commanding the UN Peacekeeping Mission.
Appearing for the Centre, the Solicitor General and the Attorney General had opposed the PIL saying it has been filed with malafide intention and for raising the age controversy again.
On this the SC made it clear that it will not go again into age row of the outgoing Army Chief while hearing the PIL against the appointment of Bikram Singh.
The court also refused to hold `in-camera` proceeding of its hearing on the PIL.