Court terms ex-Army chief Gen V K Singh as 'nuisance', says his presence creates 'ruckus

VKSinghV K Singh's counsel sought exemption saying he has gone to New York to attend a programme 'India Day Parade'.

Former Army Chief General V K Singh, facing criminal defamation charges, was on Wednesday termed as a "nuisance" by a Delhi court which said his presence creates a "ruckus" in the court room.

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The court made the remarks while granting him exemption from personal appearance for the day for the "last time" in the case.

Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja said whenever he comes to the court, he brings a crowd with him and due to this "ruckus" is created and proceedings are hampered.

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"Whenever he is not appearing, it is better for my proceedings otherwise the trial gets delayed," the magistrate said.

"My past experience shows that the dates when these persons do not appear, my proceedings go on but when they appear the proceedings get stuck," the magistrate added.

The court allowed the plea of the retired General who had sought exemption from appearance for the day's proceedings on the ground that he was in the US and would be back in India on August 25.

V K Singh's exemption plea for Wednesday's proceedings was opposed by complainant Lt Gen (Retd) Tejinder Singh's counsel on the ground that earlier the date for the day's hearing was given with the consent of the former Army chief.

He said it will happen again and again and V K Singh is making "mockery of law".

V K Singh's counsel sought exemption saying he has gone to New York to attend a programme 'India Day Parade' which was sceduled to conclude on August 20.

Tejinder Singh had filed a criminal defamation case against V K Singh, Vice Chief of Army S K Singh, retired Lt Gen B S Thakur (the then Director General of Military Intelligence), Major General S L Narshiman (Additional Director General of Public Information) and Colonel Hitten Sawhney.

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