A Delhi court Monday set a deadline of four months for the Centre to grant sanction to prosecute four Army officials, who are accused in a criminal defamation case along with former Army Chief General V K Singh.
The court directed complainant Lieutenant General (retd) Tejinder Singh to approach the Centre on the issue and clarified that if the government fails to grant or refuse sanction to prosecute the accused within the stipulated three-four months, then the permission would be deemed to have been granted.
“In the light of the aforesaid, the applications filed by accused persons are allowed to the extent that the complainant (Tejinder Singh) is directed to approach the central government and obtain sanction under section 197 (2) of CrPC to prosecute the accused persons,” Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja said.
“.... a rider is attached to the aforesaid direction that in case the central government fails to grant/refuse the sanction within 3-4 months of the application filed by the complainant, the complainant would be at liberty to approach this court and seek continuance of the present case on the premise that the sanction may be deemed to have been granted by the central government,” the magistrate said.
The order came on the applications filed by four accused, including a retired Army official, for appropriate directions or dropping of proceedings against them for want of sanction to prosecute them under section 197 (2) of the CrPC.