Defamation: HC asks Army officers to appear in court
Posted on: 12:58 PM IST Jul 16, 2012
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court refused to stay the appearence of three sitting Army officials in the Lt Gen (Retd) Tejinder Singh defamation case at Patiala House court. The Patiala House Court has issued summons to Vice chief of Army staff Lt Gen SK Singh, Additional Director General of public information Major General SL Narshiman and Director General of public information staff officer Lt Col Hitten Sawhney.
All the Army officials have been asked to appear in the court on July 20. The officers wanted the court to issue an interim stay on the summons. The plea stated that as serving officers they could not be summoned without prior sanction.
The DG intelligence, Gen Thakur, and former Army chief Gen VK Singh have also been summoned on July 20.
Lt General Tejinder Singh had requested the court to summon and initiate proceedings against General VK Singh and others for allegedly making defamatory statements against him in the media and accusing him of bribery.
Alleging that the officers misused their official position, power and authority to level false charges against him, he had, in his complaint, named Army vice chief Lt Gen SK Singh, Director General, Military Intelligence, Lt Gen BS Thakur, Additional Director General, Public Information Major Gen SL Narsimhan and Directorate General of Public Information staff officer Lt Col Hitten Sawhney.