The court of additional registrar of societies (Haryana) on Wednesday reinstated Lt Gen Raj Kadyan (retd) as chairman of the Indian Ex-servicemen Movement (IESM).
Kadyan was removed in July at the behest of other faction led by Maj Gen Satbir Singh (retd), who was vice chariman.
Satbir Singh had then taken over as chairman.
After two hours discussion and arguments on Wednesday, the procedure adopted to remove Kadyan from the IESM's chairmanship was declared unceremonious and illegal as per law of societies.
Both Kadyan and Satbir Singh were present during the hearing.
The IESM is a leading organization of ex-servicemen in the country which is fighting for one-rank-one pension for defence forces.
About five years ago, both Kadyan and Satbir Singh formed the IESM and various other ex-servicemen groups also aligned with them.
Kadyan was removed as it was alleged that he was closer to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. In an email by Brig Chander Kamboj (retd), a close confidante of Satbir Singh, to the members it was alleged, “Kadyan is playing very dirty trick of creating a divide among the officers, JCOs and Other Ranks among the ESM and families with a view to destroy their joint power to fight against injustice by the UPA Government and thus quickly reach the carrot hanging in front of him.”
Was support to Gen VK Singh behind the split?
Then in another e-mail by Group Captain VK Gandhi (retd), another confidante of Satbir Singh, to IESM members alleged that Kadyan was against IESM taking part in then Chief of Army Staff General VK Singh’s rally in Jhajjar on May 16, 2012. He alleged that it was a popular decision but he kept on issuing statements against the General.
Kadyan’s membership was quashed on July 25 this year by governing body which was termed illegal on Wednesday.
Though Kadyan could not be contacted but Maj Gen Satbir Singh said, “As for now he has been reinstated due to a technical problem. We will take further action against him.”
“This (reinstatement) may bring some relief, unity in the ex-servicemen community and some check on autocratic way of functioning. Our funds will also be now under some accounting control and on legitimate expenditures,” expressed Lt Col SS Sohi (retd), president, ex-servicemen grievance cell, who was also present during the hearing.