A group of retired army officers along with civilians has filed a petition in the Supreme Court (SC)contending that Lt General Bikram Singh should not be made the army chief in view of his role in Congo and a pending case against him in the J&K high court regarding fake encounter. Speak Up brings you opinions of citizens
I will be surprised if top court reviews the plea
The application seeking review on the public interest litigation (PIL) will meet the same fate as the previous one as no judge is going to accept that dismissing the petition in the first place was wrong. I had seen this happen when I had approached the Supreme Court previously for a different case. In this particular case, since the high and mighty are involved, I will be surprised if the court decides to review the petition and even take any action.
Cdr (Retd) Ravindra Pathak, IN, Member Governing Body and Pension Cell IESM
Petition is not sacrosanct as it is filed by retd officers
The whole incident has brought the civic and military relations to the lowest point and damaged the existing relations. Such allegations have opened a can of worms and highlight factionalism and disenchantment within the army. The petition is not sacrosanct as it is filed by retired army officers; those who now consider themselves to be crusaders against corruption. Army chiefs being regularly surrounded by controversies show the army hierarchy has weakened. The defence force is in a vulnerable position even though the court has dismissed the petition.
R Radhakrishnan, professor, MIT School of Government
Army should not wash its dirty linen in public
Army matters should be settled within the fraternity instead of bringing them out in the open and going to the court. Army is an institution where trust among the soldiers is important. The lives of officers or soldiers depend on each other when a war breaks out. In order to maintain the spirit of trust and unity, it is not fair to wash the dirty linen in public. The matter shouldn't have gone out of the army. For any indifference that exists, there is a mechanism within the army to resolve it. When matters go to the court, it shows that there is no clarity of opinion within the army.
Major (Retd) DVR Rao
We don't need a tainted army chief
The court should take the same course of action as it took in the case of central vigilance commissioner (CVC) PJ Thomas's appointment and then cancelling it. If Lt General Bikram Singh's appointment as army chief breaches the norms then it should be cancelled immediately. The court cannot have different norms for two similar cases. In the army, the buck stops with the one who is on the top, the commander. If the allegations are true and irregularities did happen when Lt General Singh was in charge of the troops in Congo, then the country does not need a tainted army chief.
Major General (retd) SCN Jatar
Take action against senior army officers embroiled in scams
If the allegations are true, then it is mind boggling. It makes people wonder where our country is heading to. The government must wake up and the ministry of defence must look into this matter. Appointment of Lt General Bikram Singh as the army chief must be withheld immediately because the allegations made are serious and should be investigated first.
For example, if an army jawan makes a small mistake while saluting, such as his hands are not straight, he is sent to the quarter guard and rigorously imprisoned for 28 days in an inherent army jail along with one hour morning and evening physical punishment. However, here we have senior army officers who are embroiled in scams and still no action is taken against them.
Since last five years, army officers have been in news for being allegedly involved in various scams. Our country was once upon a time known to have the best army in the world. The soldiers who are guarding our country's borders feel demoralised to see their seniors in news for all the wrong reasons.
Lt Col (retd) Suresh Patil, founder president, Maaji Sainik Bhrashtachar Virodhi Manch
Withhold Singh's promotion till he gets a clean chit
The allegations made against Lt General Bikram Singh calls for a proper investigation before appointing him as the chief of the Indian Army. The government must withhold the promotion till General Singh is not given a clean chit. It will be embarrassing for the new army chief, government and ministry of defence if the Supreme Court accepts the petition. This is the second petition filed and it is still not known whether the court has accepted the petition or not.
Bhai Vaidya, Socialist Leader