Supreme Court upholds accused Navy officers’ dismissal
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the dismissal from service of two senior Navy officers who are facing criminal prosecution in the Navy War Room leak case.india Updated: Feb 24, 2017 00:24 IST
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the dismissal from service of two senior Navy officers who are facing criminal prosecution in the Navy War Room leak case.
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra found no reason to interfere with the 2013 Armed Forces Tribunal order that rejected Commander VK Jha and Commander Virendra Rana’s case that the department could not have discharged them without issuing a show cause notice.
Justice Misra’s bench said the tribunal came to the conclusion after the members perused the official files.
Jha and Rana were dismissed from Service in October 2005 after the Navy’s board of enquiry found both were involved in the alleged leak of over 7,000 pages of sensitive information from the Naval war room. The findings were corroborated by intelligence reports.
The officers moved the AFT, contending they should have been tried through court martial proceedings. They accused authorities of not conducting appropriate proceedings, a plea which was quashed by the AFT.
The tribunal held the matter was extremely sensitive and did not warrant issuance of a show cause notice. Rana and Jha are also facing trial after the Navy handed over the entire matter to the CBI. The agency had arrested about seven persons totally.
A final report was filed against them, accusing the two of leaking information. They have been charged under the Official Secrets Act.