Tejinder Singh seeks cancellation of ex-Army Chief`s bail
Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh, who filed criminal defamation case against VK Singh moved Delhi court seeking cancellation of bail granted to former Army Chief for "repeated defamatory accusations".
New Delhi: Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh, who filed a criminal defamation case against V K Singh and others, today moved a Delhi court seeking cancellation of bail granted to the former Army Chief claiming he had "repeated defamatory accusations" against him in his recently released book.
Tejinder, in his application filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja, alleged that V K Singh has in his autobiography `Courage and Conviction` made certain defamatory accusations against him despite the restrain order passed by the court on October 3.
The court, on October 3, while disposing of Tejinder`s plea seeking cancellation of bail granted to V K Singh, had warned the former Army Chief against making defamatory remarks against Tejinder saying it would lead to cancellation of his bail granted earlier.
The magistrate had also issued certain directions saying V K Singh should "mend his ways and refrain from repeating the defamatory remarks" against the complainant and not to use derogatory language about the court.
In his plea filed today, Tejinder said, "the accused number one (V K Singh) has violated the restrain order dated October 3, 2013 imposing conditions upon the accused for continuing the bail granted to the accused."
"Despite the aforesaid order dated October 3, 2013 passed by this court, the accused (V K Singh) repeated defamatory accusations and remarks against the complainant (Tejinder) on page numbers 308, 309, 310 and 330, 331 and 332 of his autobiography titled as `courage and conviction : General V K Singh` a book written by the accused...And released on second week of November 2013," the plea filed through advocate Anil Aggarwal said.
The court has fixed the plea for hearing on November 28.
Tejinder had in March last year lodged a criminal defamation case against V K Singh, the then Vice Chief of Army S K Singh, retired Lt Gen B S Thakur (then Director General of Military Intelligence), Major General S L Narshiman (Additional Director General of Public Information) and Colonel Hitten Sawhney.
In his complaint, he had alleged that he was defamed by the Army through its press release issued on March 5 last year which accused him of offering a bribe of Rs 14 crore to the then Army Chief to clear a deal of 600 trucks, a charge refuted by him.
All the five accused had appeared before the court on July 20 last year in response to the summonses issued against them. They were granted bail by the court on that day.
In his complaint, Tejinder has accused them of misusing their official position, power and authority to level false charges against him.
The press release had accused Tejinder, former chief of the Defence Intelligence Agency, and some serving officers of the Military Intelligence of planting a story in the media relating to purported tapping of some sensitive phones in the national capital.
The court had said it was "prima facie" satisfied that the March 5 press release was "defamatory" as "ex-facie" serious allegation of "bribery" has been made against Tejinder who had a long and distinguished career in the Army.