This is a verdict that might undermine the basic framework of military law in India, setting precedents that will be used in the future to justify acts of omission and commission that simply cannot be permitted in the armed forces. The AFT members approvingly quote from an established treatise which states unequivocally that military justice must promote good order, high morality and discipline. However, they fail to do it themselves.
The ‘arms lobby’ employed its agents to deter Gen VK Singh from joining politics. A vicious and sustained media campaign was launched. Some former service chiefs began to pontificate in the media about the undesirability of General’s joining politics. These pontificators had no qualms about vying for ‘Governor’s Office’.
Most of the Service Chiefs in recent times simply lack courage. Many veterans who have spent their best years in the Armed Forces are astonished at their pusillanimity.
The fish rots at the head first. So it is with the Armed Forces. To win the war on corruption, the country needs to sort out the Generals first.
Fighting corruption in the army is not easy. It means war on three different fronts. The politician who is above you, corrupt colleagues who are with you and the moneybags of the arms mafia.