Former Commander of 121 (I) Brigade at Kargil, Brig Surinder Singh, today raised objection against Lt-Gen NS Brar being the administrative member on the Armed Forces Tribunal’s Bench hearing the case against the termination of his services in the aftermath of the 1999 border conflict with Pakistan.
Brig Surinder Singh claimed that Lt-Gen Brar is a friend and regimental associate of Brig Devinder Singh, another brigade Commander in an adjoining sector during the conflict.
Brig Devinder Singh was then the commander of 70 Infantry Brigade in Batalik, east of Kargil. He had also moved court alleging that some portions of the Kargil war records were fudged by senior Commanders as a consequence of which he was deprived of a wartime decoration and not promoted.
During arguments before the tribunal’s Chandigarh Bench today, Brig Surinder’s counsel said that there was a clash of interest between the cases of his client and that of Brig Devinder Singh over the scope of intrusions along the Line of Control in northern Jammu and Kashmir.
He contended that since the Bench’s administrative member was a friend of Brig Devinder Singh, he may not get justice. The Bench fixed December 10 as the next date of hearing to decide upon Brig Surinder Singh’s contentions.
Earlier, the court witnessed arguments over the production of certain documents, some of which are classified, sought by the petitioner from the Army in support of his contentions.
Brig Surinder Singh had been removed mid-conflict over allegations of mishandling classified information and later his services were terminated. He challenged the Army’s actions in the Delhi High Court and the matter was subsequently transferred to the Tribunal.
-via The Tribune