Mon, Apr 24, 2017 | updated 04:51 PM IST

CPI (M) asks PM Modi to initiate action against V.K. Singh

Updated: Aug 18, 2016 17:47 IST      
CPI (M) asks PM Modi to initiate action against V.K. Singh

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): The CPI (M) on Thursday said the allegations against former army chief and Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) V.K. Singh by incumbent General Dalbir Singh will send a very wrong message to the nation and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take cognizance of this case.

"Such condition has never occurred in the history of nation, that an ex-Army chief and the Current Army chief are accusing each other and have even approached the court in this regard," said CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat.

"Moreover, one of them is a sitting minister. The Prime Minister should take a cognizance of this case over the lines that is credible for our armed forces. That a Union Minister is being accused of false conduct by the incumbent Army Chief and he is still in office. What image of India will it give?" she added.

In an affidavit submitted in his personal capacity to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, the Army Chief has said that in 2012 he was sought to be victimised by the then COAS General V.K. Singh "with the sole purpose of denying me promotion to the appointment of Army Commander".

"False, baseless and imaginary allegations of lapses were levelled against me in the show cause notice" of May 19, 2012 and consequent imposition of an "illegal" discipline and vigilance (DV) ban, the Army chief has stated in his affidavit.

The affidavit was filed in response to a petition moved by Lieutenant General (Retd.) Ravi Dastane, who alleged favouritism in Dalbir Singh's selection as the Army Commander, making him next in line to succeed General Bikram Singh.

Dalbir Singh was placed under a DV ban by V K Singh between April and May 2012 for alleged "failure of command and control" after a Court of Inquiry was ordered into an operation carried out in Jorhat, Assam, on the night of December 20-21, 2011 by the 3 Corps Intelligence and Surveillance Unit.

Dalbir Singh was then General Officer Commanding of the Dimapur-based 3 Corps.

Referring to the Jorhat operation in his affidavit, he has stated "on that day, I was away on part of annual leave and rejoined duty on 26 Dec 2011".

His promotion as GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, with effect from June 15, 2012, was cleared by General Bikram Singh, who reversed the DV ban after V.K. Singh retired on May 31, 2012.

This delayed promotion, after reserving the vacant Army Commander's post for 15 days, was challenged by Dastane in the Supreme Court. He contended he was eligible to be Army Commander but was denied the opportunity by General Bikram Singh, who favoured Dalbir Singh despite the latter being under a DV ban at the relevant time. (ANI)

Don't believe exit polls, wait till results: AAP

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 16:50 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday avoided drawing conclusions based on the exit poll of the recently held municipal corporation of Delhi, which predicted a sweep for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and advised patience till April 26, when votes will be counted.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Apr 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the plea of the complainant who alleged that she was raped by Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati, wherein she asked the Uttar Pradesh Police to provide protection to her family members on the alleged threat perception.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): After a marathon 10-hour grilling on Sunday, the interrogation of ousted All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader T.T.V. Dinakaran continued today by the Crime Branch office of Delhi Police here, where he will be probed in a case involving bribing of an Election Commission official to get the party's 'two-leaves' symbol.

Full Story >>

President Mukherjee to visit Goa, Telangana on April 25, 26

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 16:24 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee will visit Goa and Telangana on April 25 and 26.

Full Story >>

SC warns Unitech of coercive action

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 16:14 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday warned real estate company Unitech's sector 70 Vista project in Gurugram and said that if the company failed to deposit the amount of interest on or before May 8 then it might be forced to take a coercive decision like attaching the property.

Full Story >>

CPI (M) terms Centre's Kashmir policy 'complete failure'

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 15:54 IST     

New Delhi [India) Apr 24 (ANI): The Kashmir policy of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Central Government is a complete failure, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) alleged on Monday.

Full Story >>

Chhota Rajan found guilty in fake passport case- A Timeline

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 15:46 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): A Delhi Court on Monday convicted underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan and three others in a fake passport case.

Full Story >>

SC dismisses plea seeking effectuation of fundamental duties

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 15:38 IST     

New Delhi [India], April 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain and pass any order in connection with a PIL seeking a direction to the Centre for implementation of the recommendations of the Justice J S Verma committee to bring into force the fundamental duties of citizens.

Full Story >>

No rift in BJP-PDP, just 'lack of communication': Ram Madhav

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 15:38 IST     

New Delhi [India] Apr 24 (ANI): Even as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, amid the turbulent state in the Vallety with soaring protests and clashes, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Madhav on Monday asserted there was no rift in the BJP-People's Democratic Party (PDP) alliance, but didn't rule out on a possible 'lack of communication' between the two parties.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Apr 24 (ANI): Hours after urging the Centre to follow the footsteps of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in dealing with the Kashmir unrest, Chief Minster Mehbooba Mufti on Monday stated that a dialogue process would be initiated only after normalcy was restored.

Full Story >>

Chhota Rajan, three others convicted in fake passport case

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 15:38 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): A Delhi Court on Monday convicted noted gangster Chhota Rajan and three others in connection with a fake passport case.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): In a bid to avail better protection of cows and prohibition of smuggling of cattle across India and Bangladesh border, the Centre today in its report to the Supreme Court said each cow and its progeny across India should get a Unique Identification Number (UID).

Full Story >>

ITBP gets snow scooters to patrol China Border

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 15:24 IST     

Uttarakhand [India], Apr 23 (ANI): In a first, sleek snow scooters are being inducted for patrolling purposes to help with the job of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) troops along the Sino-India frontier.

Full Story >>

PM Modi stop appealing, implement laws: Owaisi

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 15:20 IST     

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Apr 24 (ANI): All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop appealing for security of every student in Kashmir and start implementing laws.

Full Story >>

Violence will continue as long as there is PDP-BJP govt: Cong

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 15:09 IST     

Udhampur (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Apr 24 (ANI): The Congress Party on Monday claimed that violence would continue in Jammu and Kashmir as long as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition government is in power in the state.

Full Story >>

J-K: PDP leader Abdul Gani Dar declared dead

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 15:05 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Apr 24 (ANI): People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Gani Dar, who was attacked by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Monday, has succumbed to his injuries.

Full Story >>

Fresh clashes between students, police in Srinagar

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 15:05 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir),[India] Apr 24 (ANI): Fresh clashes took place between the students and security personnel here on Monday as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti while expressing her concern over the prevailing unrest urged the Centre to follow the footsteps of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Full Story >>

J-K: Terrorists attack PDP leader Abdul Gani Dar

Updated: Apr 24, 2017 14:31 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Apr 24 (ANI): People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Gani Dar was attacked by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Monday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Without naming the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Monday exhorted various student unions to protect the Kashmiri students being threatened outside

Full Story >>

New Delhi/ Jammu [India], Apr 24 (ANI): Holding Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's wrong policies responsible for the prevailing unrest in the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir activist Sushil Pandit on Monday said the state administration has miserably failed in maintaining the law and order as it has zero credibility.

Full Story >>