New Delhi, Oct. 1: The Supreme Court today issued notices against former army chief General V.K. Singh and the publisher of Indian Express, asking why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them.
The court had taken suo motu cognisance of remarks made against it by Singh.
A bench of Justices R.M. Lodha and H.L. Gokhale sought response within two weeks and also asked attorney-general G.E. Vahanvati to assist the court in the matter.
The notices were issued in response to a report published in the newspaper on September 22, in which Singh had reportedly questioned the wisdom of the apex court in not settling his age dispute with the government while he was the army chief.
Singh, who had retired last year, had claimed he was born on May 10, 1951, whereas the government insisted that his date of birth was May 10, 1950.
The Supreme Court did not give Singh any relief as it accepted the date given by the government and Singh had to withdraw his petition challenging it.
Singh retired last year on the basis of the 1950 date of birth. However, in a recent interview published in the newspaper, he questioned the wisdom of the apex court in accepting the record provided by the Union government instead of going by his claim.
The apex court, while taking cognisance of the report, said Singh’s remarks had “prima facie scandalised the court and lowered the authority of the court”, thus bringing it within the meaning of the Contempt of Courts Act.