Army Chief Dalbir Singh slams VK Singh for imposing ‘illegal ban’ on him

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General Dalbir Singh took over as the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army, in New Delhi on July 31, 2014.

Indian Army Chief Dalbir Singh has raked up a storm by accusing Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh of having tried to stop him from being chosen as army chief in 2014 with an ‘illegal ban’ on him.

Dalbir Singh has stated in his affidavit to SC that “false, baseless and imaginary allegations of lapses” were levelled against him in the show cause notice issued to him in 2012.

The affidavit refers to VK Singh’s discipline and vigilance (DV) ban imposed on Dalbir Singh on May 19, 2012. Eventually, Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh overturned his predecessor V K Singh’s decision and lifted the ban on promotion of then Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag clearing the way for his appointment as Eastern Army Commander.

“Directions for initiating administrative action against me… smacks of a motivated, biased, arbitrary and malicious intent to punish me which the then chief of army staff executed apparently as planned by him,” the affidavit read.

The 3 Corps Commander, who could have taken charge of the army in 2014, was put under a Discipline and Vigilance Ban by then Army General V K Singh on charges of “abdicating responsibility” in handling an intelligence and surveillance unit under his command after a failed operation in Assam.