What happened to jawan’s complaint of poor food: Delhi HC asks Army

"What has happened to the complaint? It was lodged on June 6. Why are you offended by it? Why are you taking time to look into that," Justice Vinod Goel asked the Centre and the Army.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 10, 2017 9:24 pm
army, army food, indian army food, assam jawan food, Tej Bahadur Yadav, BSF jawan food video, BSF food, india news, indian express news BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav complained about the poor quality of food and his videos went viral earlier last year.

The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the Centre and the Army about the status of a recent complaint lodged by a jawan claiming poor quality of food being served to the troops where he was posted. “What has happened to the complaint? It was lodged on June 6. Why are you offended by it? Why are you taking time to look into that,” Justice Vinod Goel asked the Centre and the Army.

The queries were posed by the court during the hearing of the jawan’s plea alleging there was a threat to his life and seeking protection from any harm. The government and the Army said the complaint was being looked into by the appropriate authority, but was being delayed as the jawan had gone on leave from June 28. They also said the jawan was a habitual offender, who has been awarded rigorous imprisonment for various periods on five occasions for deserting duty, and he was medically unfit.

The punishment is served by a jawan in military custody, its lawyer told the court and added that these facts were not disclosed by the trooper in his plea before the court, which showed he had not come forward with clean hands, they said. The government and the Army, represented by central government standing counsel Ajay Digpaul, also said that officers and jawans work together like a family and the same ration is given to both the groups. He also said that the jawan on June 21 was awarded another rigorous imprisonment but was allowed to go on leave without serving the sentence on his request that there was a family emergency.

The lawyer for the jawan argued that his client had not filed the case to escape from any posting or to seek a transfer, but to protect his life from harm because of the issue he has raised. After hearing arguments of both the sides, the court reserved its order. The jawan, posted in Assam, has alleged in his plea that authorities had started harassing him after he complained that the troopers were being served with poor quality food.

The matter assumes significance as in January, a BSF jawan had also made similar allegations on social media which was termed as false by the paramilitary force. BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav had posted a video on Facebook showing a meal box comprising a watery soup-like dal which he said had only turmeric and salt and a burnt chapati. He had claimed that they often went to bed on empty stomach.

Following this, a public interest litigation was filed in the high court seeking direction to the Ministry of Home Affairs to submit a status report with respect quality of food supplied to all paramilitary forces in India. The petition was filed by a former central government employee in the wake of the video posted on Facebook by Yadav alleging corruption among officers and poor working conditions. The BSF, however, had brushed aside the claim of graft, saying there are committees to deal with purchase of food items and even inspect it after it is cooked.

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  1. L
    Jul 12, 2017 at 10:20 am
    Whether Army or Police, Jawans/home guards are treated worse than slaves. I am witness to such happenings since my child hood.Higher the post, more is harrasment for lower class employees.Those on house duty are worse. The ladies and kids play havoc with them. Favourite harrassment is denying leave and mental torture. They are mocked and taunted. Where are human rights?
    1. Logic Induction
      Jul 12, 2017 at 9:31 am
      Facts are not digestable !
      1. D
        Jul 12, 2017 at 9:26 am
        All those who complain about the Saffron government of the Sangh Parivar aka Saffron Terrorists or the corruption in the Indian Defence administration are anti -nationals and must be deported to Pakistan as the front line statement of Chaddi lickers. This is the Ache Din India has been waiting for, never it happened before in the past and see the reality now with this BJP government, what is the message for the Jawans? eat whatever you get and shut-up. Let Modi eat Beef Biryani with Nawaz Sharif and let the Pakistani Soldiers behead the Indian Soldiers? The number of infiltrations from Pakistan and China in the BJP tenure and the killing of Indian Soldiers makes no difference to Sangh Parivar. These Sanghis are the enemy of India and are spreading Hatred and Intolerance among the people as part of the RSS policy. All true Indians must teach these Saffron Terrorists a lesson.
        1. M
          Jul 12, 2017 at 8:36 am
          Kiran Rijju should check the food for the BSF jawans and Jaitley for Army. They should clear the air.
          1. A
            Jul 12, 2017 at 7:37 am
            The question is NOT HIS quality that the COURT is discussing, the question is food's quality which he and others are served ..................................... this is called BEATING around the BUSH ............. BJP waala says hang those who criticize army and then keep SILENCE on this core issue ..... why??? are the Jawans from LOWER castes????
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