Coast Guard DIG Loshali sacked for Pakistan boat remarks, may go for review

Loshali’s remarks were first reported by The Indian Express on February 18 after which the officer claimed he was misquoted. His reply, however, was “found unsatisfactory”, leading to the Board of Inquiry.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 15, 2015 3:37 am
Loshali’s remarks were first reported by The Indian Express on February 18

Coast Guard DIG B K Loshali has been sacked for passing remarks that contradicted the government’s stand over the sinking of a Pakistani boat off the Gujarat coast last New Year’s eve, officials said.

Sources told The Indian Express that the officer is likely to approach the Director General (DG), Coast Guard, for a judicial review of the decision.

A Defence Ministry official said that Loshali was dismissed from service by a five-member General Court Martial (GCM) in Mumbai, which found the officer guilty of contradicting the government’s version on the boat. Apart from losing his job, the decision means that Loshali may also lose all retirement benefits.

Watch the video of Loshali’s remarks here

“Loshali is no longer in Coast Guard service. He was dismissed on Saturday evening,” said the official.

“However, under judicial review, the Coast Guard DG can either confirm the decision of the GCM or rule against it. The DG also has the powers to soften the punishment by keeping the pension benefits unaffected even while confirming the dismissal,” the official said.

If the DG rules against him, Loshali has the option of approaching a civil court to challenge the decision, sources said.

On February 16, while <a href=”http://” target=”_blank”>addressing a gathering of Coast Guard officers and Larsen & Toubro officials during the launch of an interceptor boat, Loshali had referred to the Pakistani boat and said: “Let me tell you. I hope you remember 31st December night. I was there at Gandhinagar and I told at night, blow the boat off. We don’t want to serve them biryani.”

Loshali’s remarks were in contradiction to the statements made by the Ministry of Defence, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Coast Guard, saying that the boat’s crew were responsible for the explosion that destroyed the vessel 365 miles off Porbandar after an hour-long chase by a Coast Guard ship.

Government officials had later identified the purported Pakistani fishing boat as Qalandar and said that they had information to indicate that it was due for an “illicit transaction at sea”.

After Loshali’s remarks were first reported by The Indian Express on February 18, the officer claimed he was misquoted. This newspaper subsequently released a video of his speech following which the Coast Guard issued a showcause notice to the officer, giving him 48 hours to reply. His reply was “found unsatisfactory”, leading to the Board of Inquiry.

In May, The Indian Express reported that the probe against Loshali, carried out by the three-member team, had found “substance to believe” that he had contradicted the government’s stand that the boat “blew itself off”.

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    Agent 4532
    Dec 14, 2015 at 9:26 am
    Yes, in some job, you dont get a second chance, I am sorry for the guy, but you should know the criticality of your position. You cant behave like certaiin politicians from gutter, else people will lose faith in services. Judiciary and Services are the two pillars on why India as a country continue to exist as one..Legislature, Beaurocracy and Press are corrupt to core in India
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      Bharatk
      Dec 15, 2015 at 3:55 am
      Does the government have the monopoly to lie? Someone even if speaks the truth against the government gets this treatment. There is no bigger liar than feku, could we have that liar dismissed as well please ?
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        Ajay Paul
        May 15, 2017 at 6:04 pm
        dumb , even if India deliberately killed the terrorist as part of covert ops, that DIG is not suppose to speak up on this against the interest of India.
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        mumbai
        Dec 14, 2015 at 9:38 am
        This a star on modi's collar.
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          Anand
          Dec 15, 2015 at 5:37 pm
          Bharath mataki jai.
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            Anand
            Dec 15, 2015 at 5:36 pm
            I strongly support the decision of DIG Loshali. He given a best order to blown off the boat. Please think that the mumbai attak on 26/11, kasab have given a most luxurious life in jail even a common man doesn't reach such life in India. Iam saying as an Indian please do not provide such better life, terrorists are usually thinks Indian jails are better than that of outside world as terorists.
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              Anand
              Dec 15, 2015 at 5:41 pm
              My friends, Please support Loshali. Give the directions to govt. and save India. Iam Indian. Bharath mathaki jai.
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                Observer
                Dec 14, 2015 at 11:32 am
                Once again, BJP is shamefully punishing a man, who exposed and stated the uncomfortable truth.
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                  Ashok
                  Dec 15, 2015 at 11:51 am
                  And Indian Express is jumping around eating Loshali Biryani and claiming to the world that they got an officer sacked just to prove themselves correct and their es- Kamal and Praveen Swami correct. Swam called them "smugglers" and this goon Kamal bought this video clip from audiences to attack Manohar Parriker bcoz his colleague Swami failed to stand against Parriker. Sigh!
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