Finally, AFT changes bench as demanded by Kargil commander
On the demand by former Kargil commander Brig Surinder Singh (retd), the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) here has shifted the bench for hearing into the case.Updated: Apr 12, 2013 18:44 IST
On the demand by former Kargil commander Brig Surinder Singh (retd), the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) here has shifted the bench for hearing into the case.
Brig Singh had asked for changing administrative member Lt Gen NS Brar (retd), who was part of the AFT bench hearing his case of dismissal after the Kargil war.
In the last hearing, he had informed the AFT that he would approach the Supreme Court for change of judge as the Punjab and Haryana high court had also rejected his application.
On November 29, 2012, he had told the Chandigarh bench of the AFT that he had met Lt Gen Brar at the wedding of the daughter of Brig Devinder Singh (retd) and since they were close friends, he objected to his membership on the bench hearing into his case.
One of the charges against Brig Suirnder Singh was that the intrusion by the Pakistani army took place in the area under his command. He submitted that the major intrusions took place in Mushkoh valley, Drass and upto point 5608 which was under Brig Devinder Singh.
Another charge against him was leaking of classified documents to unauthorised persons.
A Court of Inquiry was constituted to look into the leak of documents.
He submitted that Brig Devinder Singh was a member of the inquiry and he was found guilty. He said he wanted to prove that Devinder Singh leaked the classified documents, and he was made the scapegoat.
He had also submitted that both Lt Gen Brar and Devinder Singh were from the same regiment.
But both the Chandigarh Bench and later the Principal Bench of the AFT rejected all his submissions and allowed the bench, comprising Lt Gen Brar, to continue hearing the case. The high court also refused to interfere in the matter.
Brig Surinder Singh was the brigade commander of Kargil in 1999 when the Kargil conflict took place. He was dismissed from the army on May 29, 2001. His case is pending since 2002.
First Published: Apr 12, 2013 18:42 IST