Army chief lifts discipline ban on Lt Gen Suhag
Army chief General Bikram Singh has reversed his predecessor VK Singh’s decision to bar a top general from heading the army’s Kolkata-based Eastern Command. Rahul Singh reports.Updated: Jun 08, 2012, 01:22 IST
Army chief General Bikram Singh has reversed his predecessor VK Singh’s decision to bar a top general from heading the army’s Kolkata-based Eastern Command.
Days before he was to demit office on May 31, former army chief General VK Singh had issued a showcause notice to Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag for alleged lapses, a move that was seen as scuttling Suhag's chances of not just taking over as Eastern Army commander but also as army chief in 2014.The new army chief, General Bikram Singh, in one of his first orders lifted the "discipline and vigilance" ban imposed on Suhag.
Such a ban puts promotions and transfers on hold.
General VK Singh (retd) had initiated disciplinary action against Suhag, currently commanding Dimapur-based 3 Corp, for alleged lapses in handling a failed intelligence operation in Assam’s Jorhat district last year.
The notice had charged Suhag with “abdicating responsibility” and acting in “most unprofessional and lackadaisical manner” in handling the intelligence and surveillance unit that had carried out that operation.
General Bikram Singh lifted the ban after he was satisfied with Suhag’s response to the showcause notice.
VK Singh had taken action against Suhag for allegedly not taking appropriate steps to investigate the circumstances under which a 3 Corps intelligence unit conducted that operation in Jorhat on December 20-21. A havaldar had allegedly stolen a weapon and a mobile phone during that operation.
VK Singh had targeted Suhag before as well. In a development that took defence minister AK Antony by surprise in March, the former chief dug out a May 2011 letter written by a Trinamool MP and directly sought a CBI probe against Suhag who was accused of corruption by the politician.
The government refused a probe as the matter had already been investigated and nothing was found against Suhag.