New Delhi: Lt Gen (Retd) Tejinder Singh today sought cancellation of bail granted to former Army Chief Gen V K Singh, who is facing criminal defamation charges, in a Delhi court, saying he had levelled false allegations against him.
“He (V K Singh) is making false and defamatory allegations against me on TV channels. I can expose him in five minutes on the same TV channel but I will not do that .... Whatever steps are to be taken as per the law should be taken by the court to restrain V K Singh from making such statements,” Tejinder told Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja.
During arguments on Tejinder's plea seeking cancellation of bail, his counsel Anil Aggarwal argued that the former Army Chief had given an interview to a news channel where he had levelled defamatory allegations against his client and he had repeated it again in an another interview given recently.
“V K Singh had said I (Tejinder) am trying to influence CBI investigation...V K Singh had also said that my client was involved in sinister and anti-national activity to demean the Indian Army,” Aggarwal said.
He claimed that V K Singh had also cast certain aspersions on the court which should be treated as “contempt of court” and these were enough grounds to cancel his bail.
V K Singh's counsel Vishwajeet Singh opposed Tejinder's plea saying he had already advised his client not to take any names and give such alleged statements in the media.
He also refuted Tejinder's allegations about influencing the CBI saying, “How can I (V K Singh) pressurise the CBI? I am not the Home Minister.”
During the hearing, the court also concluded the hearing on Tejinder's plea seeking cancellation of exemption from personal appearance granted to other four accused. The court has reserved for October 3 its order on both the pleas.
Tejinder had 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.