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Court continues stay on confirmation of GCM verdict

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Continuing the stay on confirmation of three year rigorous imprisonment and cashiering awarded to Major Surinder Singh in the Siachen fake killing case, the Delhi High Court on Friday directed him to file a pre-confirmation representation to the competent Army authorities against his court-martialling.

A Division Bench, comprising Justice B.A. Khan and Justice Anil Kumar, allowed Maj. Singh to make a representation before the Army authorities within three weeks.

The Bench later disposed of his petition, but fixed July 6 as the next date for hearing his second petition challenging the General Court Martial proceedings on the grounds of jurisdiction. The High Court, in January, stayed the confirmation of the sentence on Maj. Singh's petition seeking a direction to the Union Government and the Chief of the Army Staff to make available a copy of the General Court Martial (GCM) proceedings to him so that he could file a pre-confirmation petition as well as challenge the proceedings later. The petitioner, through his counsel, R.S. Randhawa, filed another petition which held that the GCM had overstepped its jurisdiction against which the plea of bar was raised.

The General Court Martial in December 2004 held the petitioner guilty of ``indulging in acts prejudicial to good order and military discipline and making false accusations against a person subject to the Army Act knowing such accusations to be false'' framed against him and sentenced him.

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