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Former-Army chief VK Singh and four top army officers, including vice chief of Army staff, on Monday appeared before a Delhi court following summons against them in a criminal defamation case and were granted bail.

Former Army chief Gen V K Singh, Vice Chief of Army Staff S K Singh, Lt Gen B S Thakur (Director General of Military Intelligence), Major General S L Narshiman (Additional Director General of Public Information) and Lt Col Hitten Sawhney appeared before the court in the case filed by Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh.

 All the five accused were granted bail by Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja on a personal bond of Rs 20,000 each. In his complaint, Tejinder Singh has accused them of misusing their official position, power and authority to level false charges against him.

 Thareja had on June eight directed them to appear before him, saying they have been “summoned as accused in the present matter”. Tejinder Singh had filed the complaint alleging that he was defamed by the Army through its press release issued on March 5, which accused him of offering a bribe of Rs 14 crore to the Former-Army chief to clear a deal of 600 trucks, a charge refuted by him.

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