Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court alleging former chief VK Singh and Minister of State for External Affairs trying to block his promotion.
The affidavit against VK Singh stated “I was sought to be victimised by the then COAS” General V K Singh “with the sole purpose of denying me promotion to the appointment of Army Commander”.
“False, baseless and imaginary allegations of lapses were levelled against me in the show cause notice” of May 19, 2012, and the consequent imposition of an “illegal” discipline and vigilance (DV) ban.
According to defence source, the affidavit is filed against the Minister for trying to scuttle his promotion with “malafide intent and to arbitrarily punish him”, adding that he was being “victimised for extraneous reasons.”
Singh had slapped a ban on Suhag in 2012 for allegedly falling in Assam’s Jorhat in 2011.The ban period was between April and May 2012.
Dalbir Singh who was then General Officer Commanding of the Dimapur based 3 Corps said about Assam’s Jorhat operation “on that day, I was away on the part of annual leave and rejoined duty on 26 Dec 2011”.
The affidavit came in response to the petition moved by Lt Gen (Retd) Ravi Dastane who alleged “favouritism” during Army commander selection. Dastane claimed that Suhag was at advantaged by the General Bikram Singh who had reversed the DV ban after V K Singh had retired on May 31, 2012.
Latest trends are Defence Ministry looks into the issue. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has sought all documents and details related to the issue. Ministry of Defence said that the case cannot be isolated as high profile officials are involved. MOD has started collecting all the details related to the issue.