The Supreme Court has issued contempt notices to former Army chief General VK Singh for allegedly making adverse comments about the top court over the way it handled the issue of his age in the service records.
A bench, comprising Justices RM Lodha and HL Gokhale on Tuesday took suo motu cognizance of a newspaper report about Singh’s alleged dig at the court for ignoring his class 10 examination certificate in deciding his age and for allegedly claiming the judges were under pressure while dealing with his row with the government over the issue.
“Prima facie this scandalises the court, tends to scandalise the court and lowers the authority of the court,” Justice Lodha observed. The bench gave Singh two weeks to explain why contempt action should not be initiated against him for his remarks and the case will be heard again on October 23.
Although the maximum sentence under the contempt of court act is six months, the top court can hand out any sentence under its extraordinary jurisdiction. The Supreme Court bench also issued notices to the publisher of the paper which published Singh’s alleged statement. It also directed the Attorney General to assist the court in the case.