Supreme Court accepts V K Singh's apology, drops contempt case
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The Supreme Court Wednesday accepted former Army Chief V K Singh's unqualified apology and withdrawal of all statements he made at any time against the judiciary on his age row.
A bench of Justices R M Lodha and H L Gokhale dropped the contempt proceedings, initiated suo motu over contentious statements Singh was said to have made to news agency ANI. The court had said the comments scandalise or tend to scandalise it.
"Repentance is a tool which condones all sorts of misdemeanour... apology tendered by the contemnors without contesting on merits and at the earliest opportunity appears to be bona fide. We accept the apology and contempt proceedings are dropped," it said while discharging the contempt notice.
The bench dropped proceedings against The Indian Express as well, which was also issued a notice for reproducing on September 22 some of Singh's statements to ANI.
As the proceedings began, the bench raised questions over the content of Singh's affidavit in which he had tendered his "unqualified apology" saying "if unwittingly due to erroneous reporting of my words, I have created an impression of making some objectionable imputation".
The court asked senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, who appeared for Singh, to elaborate how he put the blame on "erroneous reporting".
"How do you say that? Where was erroneous reporting? You have given two such interviews earlier too. If there was erroneous reporting then you should have taken a different course. If you say sorry, we will close down the case," the bench said.