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India SC Dismisses PIL Against Lt Gen Bikram Singh

Jan 7, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
SC dismisses PIL against Lt Gen Bikram Singh

New Delhi, April 23, 2012First Published: 12:56 IST(23/4/2012)

Last Updated: 21:45 IST(23/4/2012)

The SC bench today dismissed a PIL filed by retired officers and bureaucrats, including former Naval chief Admiral L Ramdas and former CEC N Gopalaswamy, challenging the appointment of Bikram Singh as the next Army chief. Lt Gen Bikram Singh will succeed General VK Singh as the army chief when the latter demits office on May 31, 2012.

The apex court bench of Justice RM Lodha and Justice HL Gokhale, while dismissing the petition said: "We don't find any justifiable cause to invoke Article 32 of the Constitution. The writ petition is accordingly dismissed."

Before rejecting the petition, the court had perused the original files relating to the appointment of Lt General Bikram Singh as the next army chief.

Ealier on the day, a bench of justices RM Lodha and HL Gokhale decided to go through the confidential document while hearing a PIL challenging the appointment of Bikram Singh and asked the government to place the file before it at 2 pm.

The SC bench refused to hold an 'in-camera' proceeding in the case as pleaded by the petitioners, who alleged that it's a sensitive issue, which should not be discussed in the open court.

The bench turned down the petitioners' plea, saying all the allegations levelled in the petition have already become well-known through media reports.

The bench was hearing a PIL filed by retired officers and bureaucrats, including former Naval chief Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas and former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswamy, challenging the appointment of Bikram Singh as the next Army chief.

At the outset of the proceeding, when the petitioners referred to the age row of the current Army chief, the bench made it clear that it would not go into that controversy again as it has been settled by the apex court earlier.

The Centre, represented by its top lawyers, including Attorney General GE Vahanvati and Solicitor General Rohinton F Nariman, vociferously opposed the PIL saying it has been filed with malafide intention and to rake up the age controversy again.

The government objected to the contentions made in the petition on the ground that it has tried to bring communal angle in the case by alleging that Sikh groups tried to lobby for Bikram Singh.

The apex court also wanted to know from the Centre if the allegations made against Bikram Singh in an alleged fake encounter case in Jammu and Kashmir and his questionable role during UN peacekeeping mission in Congo were placed before the Cabinet Committee on Appointments.


Hardip Singh

Jan 14, 2009
This shows the real face of some of our top level burocrats & service personals who still have some grudge left in them and cant see some honest and diserving Sikh to rise to the top. Shame to these people.

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