Punishment to officers: SC raps government, Army for being too lenient

The court sought a response from Rohatgi as to why the court martial proceedings be not quashed and officers be re-tried.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: August 26, 2014 4:39 pm
 SC came down heavily on the govt and Army for handing out 'pittance' in punishment to the army officers. SC came down heavily on the govt and Army for handing out ‘pittance’ in punishment to the army officers.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday came down heavily on the government and Army for handing out “pittance” in punishment to the army officers, who sold their non-service pattern (NSP) weapons in border districts of Rajasthan.

A bench led by Justice H L Dattu questioned why the authorities, which sacked officers for drunken brawls, let off the erring officer very lightly for something as serious as selling weapons in breach of the rules.

The court sought a response from Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi as to why the court martial proceedings be not quashed and officers be re-tried.

It also asked as to why similar inquiry into alleged sale of NSP weapons by Army officers in other eight commands of Army should not initiated.

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    Aug 26, 2014 at 1:01 pm
    Good directions by Hon SC. We can't find fault with courts of judicial overreach we executive which in this case unfortunately also includes defence personnel have so badly failed. Recently Modi government has put an end to the repeated extensions given to DRDO officers who have failed in meeting most of the targets for development of weaponry. Now we can hope for a better future for India.
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      siv ramkisen
      Aug 26, 2014 at 10:45 am
      "To consider the [Supreme Court] as the ultimate arbiters of all consutional questions is a very dangerous doctrine, placing us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men…and not more so, with the same pions for party, power, and privilege. Their power is extremely dangerous, as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to elective control."– Thomas Jefferson.
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        siv ramkisen
        Aug 26, 2014 at 11:22 am
        "To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all consutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men and not more so. They have with others the same pions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps. Their maxim is boni judicis est ampliare jurisdictionem [good justice is broad jurisdiction], and their power the more dangerous as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Consution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves." —Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:277
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          Kamalakant Chitnis
          Aug 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm
          This is an astonishingly depressing news that the Army Officer is selling his weapon! How the it is! Rajastan border is notorious of drug and weapons trafficking and has been on the radar of our spying wings and still the very blunt action that too like from the man in armed forces on whom the country relies the most should happen to be t
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            Kamalakant Chitnis
            Aug 26, 2014 at 1:09 pm
            This is an astonishingly depressing news that the Army Officer is selling his weapon! How the it is! Rajastan border is notorious of drug and weapons trafficking and has been on the radar of our spying wings and still the very blunt action that too like from the man in armed forces on whom the country relies the most should happen to be the culprit of the misdoing?
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              Madhava Madanapalli
              Aug 26, 2014 at 10:48 am
              Rap on the knuckles of the sub-editor for "wrapping" the Supreme Court's rap
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                RT
                Aug 26, 2014 at 11:53 am
                This is indeed very serious. How come soldiers sell their weapons in border areas. We Indians brush a lot of dirt under the carpet. The officers need to be punished and removed from service.
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                  Subramanian Venkatraman
                  Aug 27, 2014 at 1:45 am
                  Modi government has not yet lost the shine of victory! No blame will attach to it if it accepts the suggestion of the Supreme Court and sets aside the earlier court martial order. Not only that it should plug the loop s used for minor punishment to the culprits so that they are severely punished. It should also announce that it will take similar action at every similar instance. Nothing else is expected of Modiji.
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