GopalaswamyWith pre

Gopalaswamy,With prejudice?National InterestIEApril 28) is far from the truth and is unfortunate Ibeing one of the petitionersowe an explanation as to the facts to put the record straight In this context some paragraphs from the writ petition have been quoted These passages are mere narrations of events that were neither rebutted by the government through any counter-affidavit nor during preliminary arguments by the Attorney General or Solicitor General in the Supreme Court Nowhere in the entire petition is there any communal twist except mentioning some names in connection with the events narrated The petitioners counsel did not even raise this issue during her arguments Tweaking the words orders from above the article insinuates that above meant Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and he is portrayed as communal Nothing can be more absurd My acquaintance with Manmohan Singh dates back to the mid-1970swhen I was administrator of Chandigarh and I know him rather well to even remotely suggest that he is communal By the wayis the PM the only person above Defence Minister AKAntony One wonders as to why Operation Bluestarthat had no relationship with the issues raised in the PILhas been given such a long narration Neverthelessthis being a sensitive matter I would share some of my own information and that obtained from sources that were part of the operation The fact is that Operation Bluestar was neither led by the then Major General KS Brar nor Lt Gen RS Dyal The strike force was a bizarre khichadi comprising of two infantry battalions (26 Madras and 10 Guards) under a nominated brigade commander (DV Rao) of the Madras Regiment There were no Sikh troops in this strike force In total contravention of the armys operational ethicsthese battalions were taken out of their command set up and put under Brigadier Rao as an ad hoc arrangement Major General Brars role was just that 10 Guards was part of 9 Inf Div of which he was GOC What is worseLt Gen K Sundarji as army commanderWestern Commandtook direct control of the operation by-passing the Jalandhar-based 11th Corps commanded by Lt Gen Gowri Shankar Such blatant cannibalisation of the fighting forces and the general officers keenness to please Prime Minister Indira Gandhi led to utter chaos and unacceptably huge carnage and extensive damage to the sacred Amritsar Golden Temple Be that as it maylet us see the core reasons that prompted the petitioners to knock at the door of the Supreme Court To start withit was the defence ministrys manipulations to cut short the tenure of General VK Singh and the premature announcement of Lt Gen Bikram Singh as the next army chief without finally resolving the date of birth issue of the former Documents in the MS Branch prove that selection boards for the promotion of VK Singh to the select ranks of Brigadier (September 1996) Major General (October 25 2001 and September 18/19 2003) and Lieutenant General (September 30 2005) reflect his DoB as May 101951 But ignoring all thesethe issue was raked up by former COAS General JJ Singh with an ulterior motive to cut short the present army chiefs tenure In its order dated February 10 2012the Supreme Court had neither endorsed the entry in the UPSC application form (May 10 1950)nor upheld the so-called commitment given by VK Singh regarding his DoB Alsocontrary to wide publicitythe court had taken no position on the generals DoB and left it to the Union of India to recognise one of the two DoBs (1950 or 1951) It had also allowed the government to withdraw the operative part (merits) of its December 302011order in which it had rejected Gen VK Singhs statutory complaint seeking recognition of 1951 as his year of birth With the merit part withdrawnthe original statutory complaint stands revived MoD since then had not passed any legally speaking order recognising the actual DoB of General VK Singh before announcing his successor The next issue was JJ Singhs plan to eliminate others from amongst Lt Gen Bikrams contemporaries from the race The main target was Brigadier Ravi Aroragold medalistsenior in IC number but younger in age to Bikram Singh This has been explained in detail in the PIL More important grounds were the grave allegations pending against the army chief designate One is his alleged involvement in the fake-encounter death of a 70-year-old manand thereafter branding him as a terrorist to achieve personal advantagesand this matter pending in writ petition in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court seeking a commission of inquiry The second case related to events in the Congo Republic when in 2007-08 then Major General Bikram Singh was the Eastern Division Commander of the UN peacekeeping force Indian troops under his command had been accused of mass sexual abuse Sixty-eight casesincluding the siring of illicit childrenhad been reportedand the matter is being investigated by a court of inquiry at Meerut When PJ Thomas was appointed as Central Vigilance Commissionerand the Centre for Public Litigation challenged ita division bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice SH Kapadia and Justices KS Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar declared the CVC as Indias integrity institution and not only struck down the appointment but had castigated the government for its lack of respect for institutional integrity Thomas had just one corruption case against him for which an application to seek his prosecution was pending The primary responsibility of the Indian Army is to preserve national interests and safeguard the sovereigntyterritorial integrity and unity of India against any external threat by deterrence or by waging war In the event our army is as important an integrity institution as the Central Vigilance Commissionif not more The petitioners therefore contended that as there were two serious cases pending against Lt Gen Bikram Singhit will not be prudent to appoint him as the next COAS Drawing a parallel with the PJ Thomas casewhere the Supreme Court had overturned his appointment on the grounds that at the time of approval by the ACC an application was pending to prosecute the officerthe plea in the PIL was for applying the same yardstick in the matter of the appointment of the next COAS Individuals and names mentioned in the PIL were only incidental The petitioners had hoped that the apex court will reiterate the well-reasoned verdict of its own larger bench and uphold the institutional integrity of the Army that is being ravaged by a well entrenched coterie Instead our petition was summarily disposed off with these crisp words: We have carefully gone through the averments made in the writ petitionthe materials placed on record by the petitioners and the original file concerning appointment of the next Chief of Army Staff We do not find any justifiable ground to invoke our jurisdiction under Article 32 of the Constitution of India Writ petition isaccordinglydismissed Howeverit is clarified that dismissal of writ petition shall not 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