- All eyes were on the new govt’s stand on the appointment of the current Chief of the Army Staff Lt. Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag as they raised issues of propriety over the appointment in view of the hushed manner in which the appointment took place in the previous regime.
- However, by declaring that they stand by the Chief’s appointment, the govt has made clear that they had no issues with Lt. Gen. Suhag’s credibility and merit, but only reservations about the time of his appointment and prevented politicizing the issue.
- The govt has repeated in its recent affidavit the contents of the previous affidavit submitted by the UPA regime to the Armed Forces Tribunal.
- This affidavit accused V.K. Singh, former chief of the Army and Minister for North-East in the present government, of acting in a premeditated manner while imposing a ‘discipline and vigilance ban’ on Lt. Gen. Suhag in 2012.
- Mr. Singh’s comments on the govt’s conducts and him casting doubts over reputation of the Army chief-designate are not acceptable, as decorum dictates that he maintain silence on issues which he was fully involved in during his service and which are still under judicial proceedings.
- It now advised that he exercise restraint and avoid voicing an adverse opinion especially since he is an elected member now himself.
- Read at: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/consistency-and-restraint/article6109520.ece
- Controversy regarding appointing Army Chief