Now, a PIL in apex court against next Army chief

The government had on 3 March announced the appointment of Lt Gen Bikram Singh as the next Army chief.

hidden April 04, 2012 22:46:04 IST
Now, a PIL in apex court against next Army chief

New Delhi: A group of retired officers and bureaucrats has moved the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of Lt Gen Bikram Singh as the next Army chief on the ground that he was allegedly involved in a fake encounter in Jammu and Kashmir in 2001.

Now a PIL in apex court against next Army chief

Lt Gen Bikram Singh. Image courtesy PIB

Lt Gen Singh, currently the Eastern Army Commander, is to succeed General VK Singh, who demits office on 31 May.

Challenging the appointment, the petitioners, including former Navy chief Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas and former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswamy, alleged that the case is still pending in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

The petitioners, also including veteran journalist Sam Rajapa and social activist MG Devasahayam, alleged that Lt Gen Singh failed to take action against officers who were involved in sexual harassment and rape when they were posted to Congo in 2008 as part of the UN peace-keeping mission.

The government had on 3 March announced the appointment of Lt Gen Bikram Singh as the next Army chief.

PTI

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