Defence Minister A.K. Antony has directed Defence Secretary Sashikant Sharma to examine the petition sent to him by Lt. Gen (retired) Tejinder Singh seeking action against the outgoing Army Chief, General V.K. Singh, for issuing a “defamatory” press release against him, according to defence sources.
After failing to get any relief from the High Court before the Army Chief's retirement, Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh on Tuesday approached Mr. Antony for taking disciplinary action against Gen. V.K. Singh for issuing an allegedly defamatory press release against him.
In his petition, the retired official said: “To facilitate disciplinary proceedings against Gen. V.K. Singh, who is retiring on May 31, you are requested to pass an order for his ‘attachment' under Section 123 of the Army Act.”
Under Section 123, action can be taken against any officer or personnel for offences committed during service even three years after his retirement from the Army.
He alleged that General V.K. Singh and four other subordinates had “conspired to issue the press communiqué. To my understanding, you are the only appropriate and competent authority to initiate necessary action against these individuals for committing offence under Section 63 of Army Act.”
Along with his application, Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh has attached the press release issued by the Army Headquarters on March 5 which alleged that he was behind leaking stories in the media about tapping of phones of Defence Ministry officials by the Army and offering a bribe on behalf of Tatra Vectra.
The release had also claimed that Lt. Gen. Tejinder Singh was being questioned by the authorities for procuring of the air monitoring equipment allegedly without proper sanctions.