"I believe there should be no controversy about the appointment of any person," Jaitley said here when asked about Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag being named the successor of Army Chief General Bikram Singh.

"There were some comments on the procedure which happened when the Model Code of Conduct was there. This should not reflect on person concerned in any manner," added Jaitley shortly after he assumed office as the new Defence Minister.

The Congress-led UPA government took the decision to name Lieutenant General Suhag the new Army Chief days before it left office. This was after the Election Commission gave its nod to making the announcement.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had then objected to the new Army Chief being named, saying there was no hurry and that the decision should be left to the new government.

Former army chief General (retired) VK Singh had imposed a disciplinary ban on Lieutenant General Suhag for a blotched intelligence operation in Assam.

General Bikram Singh lifted the ban soon after he took over in May 2012.

General (retired) VK Singh is now a Minister of State in the newly sworn-in National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.


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