New Delhi, Jul 2 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today, while dismissing a plea filed by a Scientist, seeking removal of Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Gen (Retd) Vijay Kumar Singh for his controversial remarks, advised him to use his energy for good work.
A bench comprising Chief Justice NV Ramana,Justice AS Bopanna and Justice Hrishikesh Roy told the Scientist Chandrasekaran Ramasamy, “You are a Scientist, use your energy for good work. If you don’t like a statement by a Minister, you file a plea and ask him to be removed?.
While dismissing his petition, which alleged that the comments made by Gen (Retd) VK Singh on February 7, intended to bring hatred, contempt or disaffection against the Nation and that he breached his oath.
“Advocate CR Jaya Sukin, appearing for the petitioner, said that Gen (Retd) Singh’s statement has defamed the Indian Army and the same was even carried out in the Chinese media.
The plea has alleged that, “On Sunday 7th February, 2021, in Madurai, Tamilnadu Mr. Gen.V.K. Singh (Retd), Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways has said that China has transgressed many times based on its perception of the LAC. “….none of you come to know how many times we have transgressed as per our perception. We don’t announce it. Chinese media does not cover it…Let me assure you, if China has transgressed 10 times, we must have done it at least 50 times, as per our perception..”
“That the speech of the Union Minister Gen. V.K. Singh was ‘intended to bring out hatred, contempt or disaffection and was an attempt to excite disaffection towards the Government established by law in India’ and an assault on the Unity and Integrity of India and thus he committed a breach of his oath,” averred the plea. ILNS/KR/RJ/SNG