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NEW DELHI: Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag has accused General (retired) VK Singh, now Minister of State for External Affairs, of trying to stall his promotion.
According to Indian Express, in an affidavit submitted in personal capacity, General Suhag has accused VK Singh of trying to stall his promotion with mala fide intent and to arbitrarily punish him.
He has alleged that he was victimised by General VK Singh in 2012, when the latter was Chief of Army Staff. In the affidavit, General Suhag wrote that this was done “with the sole purpose of denying me promotion to the appointment of Army Commander.”
The affidavit was filed by the Army Chief in response to a plea filed by Lt Gen Dastane alleging favouritism in the selection of Gen Suhag as the next Army Chief.
According to the IE report, in his affidavit, Dalbir Singh also reveals that in a showcause notice dated May 19, 2012, “false, baseless and imaginary allegations of lapses were levelled against me”. As a result, an “illegal” discipline and vigilance (DV) ban was imposed on him, states the affidavit.
The Army Chief also stated that he was “victimised for extraneous reasons”, saying that the “illegal imposition of DV ban” could not be made a basis for Dastane to challenge his appointment as Army Commander.
Gen VK Singh had placed Lt Gen Suhag under a Disciplinary and Vigilance (DV) ban. The ban was imposed on Lt Gen Suhag for alleged “failure of command and control” in an operation carried out by an intelligence unit working directly under him when he was working as the then Dimapur-based 3 Corps commander.