NEW DELHI, June 10 � The Congress on Tuesday called for resignation of Minister for DoNER and Overseas Indian Affairs, Gen (retd) VK Singh after the Supreme Court described a past disciplinary action by him, against the incumbent Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag, as �illegal�, �extraneous� and �premeditated�.
The retired General�s action against Dalbir Singh, when VK Singh was the Army Chief, has come back to haunt him, as the Narendra Modi Government has not only upturned his action but also defended Suhag�s appointment as the next Army Chief in the Supreme Court.
�The nation wants to know what action would be taken against General (retd) VK Singh after it filed a sworn affidavit defending Army Vice Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag�s promotion as Army Commander � entitling him to be the next Army Chief � and when the Supreme Court described his action as �illegal�, �extraneous� and �premeditated�,� said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
�The Congress wants to ask whether the government has taken note of the no-confidence expressed by the Supreme Court and whether is it possible for him to continue,� wondered Singhvi.
According to reports, Dalbir Singh Suhag, when he was the Commander of Dimapur-based 3 Corps, was placed under a Disciplinary and Vigilance (DV) ban by V K Singh for alleged �failure of command and control� in an operation carried out by an intelligence unit in Assam.
But Suhag�s promotion as the Army Commander was cleared by Gen Bikram Singh a fortnight after V K Singh retired, by reversing the ban. This delayed promotion, after reserving the vacant Army Commander�s post for 15 days, was challenged by Lt Gen Ravi Dastane in the Supreme Court. He contended that he was eligible to be the Army Commander but was denied the opportunity by General Bikram Singh, who favoured Suhag despite the latter being placed under a ban at the relevant time.