Ex-Army Chief V.K. Singh and four top serving officers, including Vice-Chief of Army Staff, on Friday appeared before a Delhi court following summonses against them in a criminal defamation case and were granted bail.
Gen. Singh, Vice-Chief of Army Staff S.K. Singh, Lt. Gen. B.S. Thakur (Director-General of Military Intelligence), Major General S.L. Narshiman (Additional Director-General of Public Information) and Lt. Col. Hitten Sawhney appeared before the court in the case filed by Lt. Gen. (retd) Tejinder Singh.
All the five accused were granted bail by Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja on a personal bond of Rs. 20,000 each.
In his complaint, Tejinder Singh has accused them of misusing their official position, power and authority to level false charges against him.
Thareja had on June 8 directed them to appear before him, saying they have been summoned as accused in the present matter.
Tejinder Singh had filed the complaint alleging that he was defamed by the Army through its press release issued on March 5, which accused him of offering a bribe of Rs. 14 crore to the erstwhile Army Chief to clear a deal of 600 trucks, a charge refuted by him.