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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        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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                    Ashok
                    Dec 14, 2015 at 11:56 am
                    Another fake feather in Indian Express's cap? Shame on your reporters in Gujarat. This reporter what is his name? Kamaal Sai.. Never heard before. This unknown crook reporter bought this clip from audiences bcoz from what his story says that it was a private ceremony of L&T that means no media was allowed there. How does you crook paid reporter, Kamaal Sai who was not sitting heard this officer saying this line. Of course he didn't. But he bought the clip from those in the audience from L&T and Navy. For how much? How much did he further receive for getting this clip? The matter of Loshali talking and boasting off is a different issue that Manohar Parriker has dealt with properly but what is Indian Express jumping about? Crook reporter and crooked stories. You wanted the story to reach the entire country because you wanted to wash the egg off your face that your another crook reporter Praween Swami brought for you. Your crook Swami claimed that those in boat were 'smugglers' and when he was attacked from all corners of the country and questioned next day by Parriker and others he didn't have any substantial evidence to show. The matter of Loshali boasting off has been already dealt with by Parriker but what is the authenticity of your reporters? Your reporter buys it from a giver who wants to ensure t become front page news and you fulfill his and your vested interested and take this opportunity wash off your mistakes? Shameful Shameful shameful. The Indian Express's standards have gone lower then cheapest form of journalism.
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                      Ashok
                      Dec 14, 2015 at 11:42 am
                      Another fake feather in Indian Express's cap? Shame on your reporters in Gujarat. This reporter what is his name? Kamal Sai.. Never heard before. This unknown crook reporter bought this clip from audiences bcoz from what his story says that it was a private ceremony of L&T that means no media was allowed there. How does you crook paid reporter, Kamaal Sai who was not sitting heard this officer saying this line. BUT he bought the video clip from those in the audience from L&T and Navy (like his story talks about who were sitting in the crowd). For how much? How much money did he further receive for buying that clip? The matter of Loshali boasting off is a different issue which Manohar Parriker has dealt with properly but what is Indian Express jumping about? First your reporter buys a clip from a person who wants to ensure this news becomes front page in your newspaper then you claim, you got Loshali court marshaled? Crooked reporter and crooked story. You Indian Express have only tried to protect your own face that your another crooked reporter Praween Swami dirtied by calling those in the boat, "smugglers". After facing enough egg on your face you thought you will showcase this paid clip (when your reporter hasn't recorded, written or was witness to this apparent incident) and wash off your mistake? First your crooked reporter Swami calls them smugglers, next day when questioned by Parriker and others has no substantial evidence to show. Then your crooked reporter Kamal writes a paid copy to fulfill that giver and your vested interests. The giver wanted to fix Loshali and you Indian Express wanted to wash the egg on your face. Shameful. Shameful. Shameful. Indian Express your standards have stooped below cheap standards of journalism.
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                        Ashok
                        Dec 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm
                        True. See how Indian Express is using Loshali blooper to hide their own mistakes. Manohar Parriker should have filed a case against them.
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                          Barb Dewyre
                          Dec 14, 2015 at 11:32 am
                          This comment was reserved for Mr Modi only. Right comment but made by the wrong person.
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                            Batra
                            Dec 14, 2015 at 4:55 pm
                            If true, very disappointing.
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                              bhupen
                              Dec 15, 2015 at 12:52 am
                              How come such immature officer reach top positions ? I guess HR processes needs review
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                                Sumit
                                Dec 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm
                                Shameful that left overs of babur can no longer do things except voting down.
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                                  Haris Adam
                                  Dec 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm
                                  Who said one can't share the video made of that ceremony and it had to be bought? Reporters use their resources all the time, everywhere else in the world. Nothing unusual or exceptional is done here. I guess Mr. Loshali paid the price of speaking the truth. Plain and simple!
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                                    Kay Gee
                                    Dec 15, 2015 at 3:50 am
                                    He will also tell that RSS did not allow him to be come PM by last election.
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                                      ranjan
                                      Dec 14, 2015 at 11:00 am
                                      All the guys suggesting that he is a partriot, please remember that he was dismissed because of giving that remark before the press. Infact i am sure everybody in the govt and the top bosses of coast gaurd would also give the same order in the same situation...but the does not mean that armed forces officers will boast these things on national television. All over the world, CIA, KGB, Mossad carry out strategic killing based on orders from Obama, Putin etc. But that does not mean that they will say that in front of the press. IN fact, before the press, all of them deny that their countries are involved in such things.
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                                        Mel
                                        Dec 14, 2015 at 10:36 am
                                        I salute this man. He did what any would have done.
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                                          Mel
                                          Dec 14, 2015 at 4:16 pm
                                          Totally agree with you on the Corrupt politicians and media part. However, This mans action has nothing to do with politics or mis-use of position. This man or any other in his position, who would have chased the stani boat for an hour would order to shoot it down. The stani boat was chased for almost an hour before it was destro. He is a true gentleman because he gave the enemy an hour. Considering what happened in Mumbai due to the naval coast guards mistake the terrorist killed scores of people.
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                                            KeepItHonest
                                            Dec 14, 2015 at 9:18 am
                                            The guy is patriotic. Obviously he made a mistake in real time while we all have 20/20 hindsight in judgement. It would be really a miscarriage of justice to abandon him completely. His services should be utilized elsewhere in the armed forces. Some demotion is enough.
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