Court seeks report on quality of food served to jawans

RSTV Bureau

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The Delhi High Court has sought response of the Union Home ministry on a plea seeking its status report on alleged poor quality food being served to the jawans. The plea was filed by a former central government employee after a BSF jawan last week posted video clips alleging bad quality food and corruption among the officers.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal also directed the BSF to produce before it the investigation report and the steps it has taken with regard to allegations levelled by jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav.

“The steps have already been taken by respondent 2 (BSF) in this regard. However, we would like to see their report. Whatever report you have, place before the court on next date of hearing, February 27,” the bench said.

Arguing for the BSF, its advocate Gaurang Kanth informed the court that BSF has already done on the spot inspection after the incident. “Things are in order. We have found nothing as was alleged by Yadav. However, we are further looking into the issue,” he said.

The bench, meanwhile, refused to issue any direction with regard to not taking any action against Yadav, as was sought by the petitioner, saying, “Sorry we will not go into it.”

FILE: Jammu: File photo of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh taking the salute at the inauguration of the headquarters of 47th Battalion of ITBP Campus in Kagwal area of Samba, in Jammu on September 21, 2015.  Photo - PTI

FILE: Jammu: File photo of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh taking the salute at the inauguration of the headquarters of 47th Battalion of ITBP Campus in Kagwal area of Samba, in Jammu on September 21, 2015.
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The court also issued notice to Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Assam Rifles seeking their stand on the allegation of poor quality food being given to jawans.

The PIL is filed by Puran Chand Arya, a former central government employee, seeking direction to MHA to submit a status report with respect to all paramilitary forces in India over allegations of the BSF jawan in his video which went viral on social media.

Tej Bahadur Yadav, a jawan with BSF’s 29th battalion, posted at the front area, uploaded three video clips on his social media paltform on January 9, 2016 after which they were shared by several users.

In the videos, Yadav, who is wearing camouflage uniform and carrying a rifle, claimed that while government procures essentials for them, the higher-ups and officers “sell it off” in an “illegal” manner in the market and they have to suffer.

As the issue snowballed on the social media, a probe was ordered by the Union Home ministery.

“I have seen a video regarding a BSF jawan’s plight. I have asked the HS (Home Secretary) to immediately seek a report from the BSF & take appropriate action,” Rajnath Singh had tweeted.

(With inputs from the PTI)