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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    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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