SC dismisses plea against Parrikar for ‘claiming credit’ for surgical strikes

A bench of Justices Amitava Roy and Uday U Lalit observed that the armed forces are “answerable to the government”, otherwise there will be “martial law in this country”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 29, 2016 10:06 am
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The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a PIL seeking action against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for allegedly interfering and claiming credit for the surgical strikes conducted by the Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

A bench of Justices Amitava Roy and Uday U Lalit observed that the armed forces are “answerable to the government”, otherwise there will be “martial law in this country”. “This plea is not maintainable and is hence dismissed… We don’t see any merit in the plea,” said the bench.

Advocate M L Sharma, who had filed the plea, said that Union ministers, including Parrikar, had been claiming credit for the surgical strikes carried out by the Army’s special forces. Sharma contended that some ministers were using the armed forces’ action for personal interests, and that as per provisions of the Constitution, the President is the head of the armed forces and ministers are thus not entitled to claim credit.

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First Published on: October 29, 2016 1:37 am
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    Onkar Singh
    Oct 29, 2016 at 4:12 am
    The minimum the Supreme Court could have done was to have reprimanded the politicians for using the name of the army for political purposes.The BJP politicians have touched the lowest ebb.They have no problem in using the Army for political gains,but when it comes to looking into the benefits of the Armed Forces they duck their responsibilities.Three glaring instances come to the fore (1)one rank one pension issue not yet resolved,(2) anomalies in the pay scales of the armed forces and the civilian officers,(3)the down grading the pension of the incapacitated soldiers.All this in the backdrop of the Uri incident,when Modi government was so concerned about the welfare of the forces!! So in the backdrop of double speak the political cl needed a reprimand for their insensitive behavior.Modi and his Ministers are a pack of thick-skinned unashamed rogues.
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      Duf.Duf
      Oct 29, 2016 at 1:59 am
      Hm....doesn't the SC have any other work to do? Aren't there TRILLIONS OF CASES PENDING TO BE DISPOSED? Aren't there ENOUGH HIGH PROFILE AND HIGH YIELD, FIREIGN JUNKETS WORTHY CASES FOR THE DUFFER JUDGES?
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        Trun
        Oct 29, 2016 at 5:11 am
        ..... And the credit for killing of our soldiers goes to.....?
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          Trun
          Oct 29, 2016 at 5:53 am
          Seems you still love Congress. I wish you love Modi parker too
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            module
            Oct 29, 2016 at 3:57 am
            This is first time, in the history of India, a political party using Arm Forces activities for political gains and giving credits to RSS. Politics has become so rubbish in India.
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              amit
              Oct 29, 2016 at 8:06 am
              M Ahmed you are a fool and propaist.. Military operations were done by Army and disowned by Congress. It did not have any diplomatic support and army did it to take revenge on attacks on them.. Recent Surgical strikes were ranged from nearly 300 kms along loc with full diplomatic support and destruction was huge on other side as well...
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                Anil Bharali
                Oct 29, 2016 at 1:39 am
                Surgical strikes is a game between country of colonial slaves.
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                  Anil Bharali
                  Oct 29, 2016 at 1:39 am
                  Surgical strikes is a game between country of colonial slaves.
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                    Abdul Sami
                    Oct 29, 2016 at 6:18 am
                    Security and army are like enies with an isolation from the public, such matters like surgical strike or covert operation are not to be brought to the public before the operation or these shoud never become talk of town involving the army in controvercies.When army does something it shoud be taken as " india did this or that" not debating you did that or that minister did that or the president, no president is named only when he is a dictator president, otherwise it should be "India made surgical strikes'. Because many media companies are only shops for propoa' this situation has reached.
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                      Vaidyanathan Nil
                      Oct 29, 2016 at 3:24 am
                      There are three-crore cases pending in our courts and it is high time that our courts stopped entertaining the so-called PILs, which are in most cases bogus, privately interested or pure black mail techniques against industrialists/builders etc. Ideally, in the above case, the court should have heavily fined both the peioner and his lawyer. Nowadays, newspaper are full of courts' ordering this or that based on PILs to govt. Then what is the role of a democratically elected govt? Otherwise, the govt should ban PILs.
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                        Kim Sharma
                        Oct 29, 2016 at 10:29 am
                        Only the pressure of public and opposition can now save the lives of Indian soldiers. Now, we are counting body bags as we were doing during Kargil as the Modi govt heightened the risk for our soldiers now. Immature leadership looking for cheap glory will play to the gallery -- to please its noveau-patriotic votebank. In the process, soldiers are slaughtered. In 2003 it was opposition pressure that forced Vapayee not to deploy forces in Iraq. Both Vapayee and Advani wanted to send troops to raise India's profile without thinking of consequences (bodybags as now). India govt decided so "after several months of uncertainty and debate". "Some in the Indian government argued for the deployment". But "defense minister, George Fernandes, and other military and security officials" were against it. "Two left-leaning former prime ministers, Indar K. Gujral and V. K. Singh, issued a statement against deployment of Indian forces to Iraq." An Outlook poll in 2003 "showed 69 percent of respondents opposed to sending troops to Iraq; other polls have put the figure as high as 87 percent." The NDA govt had almost decided to push our soldiers to the wolves as they have done now.
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                          Kim Sharma
                          Oct 29, 2016 at 10:03 am
                          Q: What should we call the leader who is responsible for the daily attacks on border and high mortality rate of Indian soldiers? A: a) Modi b) Bluffmaster c) Weakest Indian PM d) Unfit chowkidar of India e) a, b, c and d
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                            Kim Sharma
                            Oct 29, 2016 at 10:29 am
                            Q: What should we call the leader who is responsible for the daily attacks on border and high mortality rate of Indian soldiers? A: a) Modi b) Bluffmaster c) Weakest Indian PM d) Unfit chowkidar of India e) a, b, c and d
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                              Swaminadhan Krishnamoorthy
                              Oct 29, 2016 at 3:45 am
                              How did such a frivolous matter like the one reported above come to be listed and how is it that it was taken up by the Judges who wasted precious time over it? When matters of great national interest and serious consutional questions are waiting for disposal, it is amazing that the Supreme Court finds time for such wasteful litigation.
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                                mathimathi
                                Oct 29, 2016 at 6:25 am
                                MODI PARRIKAR GANG.. DEFINITELY NOT MANMOHAN SINGH.
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                                  mathimathi
                                  Oct 29, 2016 at 4:11 am
                                  ours courts hahahahaha and ours innocent Indian Army in between Jumlavi Party. sad.
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                                    mathimathi
                                    Oct 29, 2016 at 5:01 am
                                    who are u . wearing under a Khaki pants khaki knickers RSS CHADDI, could give FULL OF BAD iDEAS TO our bravest iNDIAN ARMY jawans too.
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                                      Mayur Panghaal
                                      Oct 29, 2016 at 3:34 am
                                      Wrong case.He gave credit to RSS.
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                                        Kartha MN
                                        Oct 29, 2016 at 9:27 am
                                        The army carried out the strike as ordered by the Govt. The Govt has the right to credit for the success. But the insensitive and senseless politics tried to make this look cheap and chicane for reaping political benefits.
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                                          rahul
                                          Oct 29, 2016 at 4:45 am
                                          why does a like you feel "sad" for this?
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                                            santoshkumar
                                            Oct 29, 2016 at 5:38 am
                                            Sonia Manmohan and Antony - 26/11 all credit to them
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