The Centre was on Friday asked by the Delhi High Court to clarify if the March 5 press release with allegations against former Lt Gen Tejinder Singh was issued by the Government or by the Army officials in their individual capacity...
The Centre was on Friday asked by the Delhi High Court to clarify if the March 5 press release with allegations against former Lt Gen Tejinder Singh was issued by the Government or by the Army officials in their individual capacity.
Justice Mukta Gupta asked the Centre's counsel Neeraj Chaudhary to seek instructions from the Defence Ministry and apprise the court of the requisite details by April 27. The court gave the order on a plea by former Lt Gen Singh for directions to the Army Headquarters to withdraw the release.
In a criminal writ petition filed through his counsel Anil K Aggarwal, Tejinder Singh contended that the press release issued by senior Army officials, including Army Chief General V K Singh, was "defamatory" and sought its withdrawal.
Tejinder Singh sought the court to initiate disciplinary legal action against the officers mentioned in his plea.
Besides Gen V K Singh, Tejinder Singh has named Vice-Chief of Army Staff S K Singh, Lt Gen B S Thakur (DG MI), Major General S L Narshiman (Additional Director General of Public Information) and Lt Col Hitten Sawhney as accused in the case.
Aggarwal said, "The officers were not authorised to issue the press release as they have no right to defame me (Tejinder)."
Terming the act of the army officials as "illegal", the lawyer said, "The officers abused their official positions, power and authority to level false charges against me."
Meanwhile, the Centre's counsel submitted that the grounds of challenge in the petition are questionable as far as the criminal writ is concerned.
Deferring the matter for April 27, Justice Gupta said, "The court will see the maintainability of the petition once the Government clarifies whether the press release was issued by the officers in their official or individual capacity.