New Delhi: Retired Lt General Tejinder Singh on Thursday withdrew his petition seeking CBI inquiry against Army Chief General VK Singh for levelling bribery allegation against him from the Supreme Court. Lt General (Retired) Tejinder Singh told the court that he had top-secret documents related to the case and if he pursued the case, the documents would come out in public domain, which he did not want.
In his petition, the retired army officer had requested the court to summon and initiate proceedings against the Army Chief and others for allegedly making libellous statement against him in the media and accusing him of bribery.
Appearing before a bench of justices P Sathasivam and J Chelameswar, senior counsel Rajiv Dhawan urged the court to grant permission for withdrawing the petition.
"Your lordships please don't open the file at all. Kindly grant me permission to withdraw the petition and move the appropriate forum," Dhawan urged the court.
Accordingly, the bench granted permission for withdrawal of the petition.
Tejinder Singh had approached the Supreme Court on April 25 seeking a CBI inquiry on the alleged role of the Army Chief in the purported bugging of the Defence Minister's office and action against him for "misconduct".
The government has already denied reports of bugging.
The petition was filed days after the Army Chief accused Tejinder Singh of offering him bribe of Rs 14 crore for purchase of Tatra trucks. Following the complaint by the Army Chief, the CBI initiated a probe into the matter.
He had also accused the Army Chief of professional misconduct by making "political statements" while holding the key post. He had alleged the Army Chief had stated that the Maoist problem in the country is the creation of the government when the Centre had sought help of the Army in Naxal-affected areas.
Tejinder Singh had made the Army Chief a party in his petition.
He has also filed a criminal defamation case against Gen VK Singh and four other senior Army officers in a trial court.
(With additional inputs from PTI)