The former Army Chief Gen. (retd.), V.K. Singh, on Monday tendered an “unconditional apology” to the Supreme Court for making certain remarks on its order on his age row, saying he had no intention to bring disrepute to the institution and judges, who are like “demigods”.
Gen. Singh, who was rapped by the court for “scandalising” the court and attributing motives to its verdict, said he has the “highest respect” for the judiciary. “I have the highest respect for the judiciary, particularly this Hon’ble Court. In spite of occasional criticism reported in isolated cases, I firmly believe that the judges are demigods compared to other departments of our public life. To attribute unworthy or illegitimate motives to the judges who dealt with my withdrawn petition on February 10, 2012, was far from my mind. I hold them in high respect and I hereby tender an unqualified apology if unwittingly due to erroneous reporting of my words I have created an impression of making some objectionable imputation,” General Singh said in his reply to the contempt notice.