New Delhi, Jan 17: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to mention steps they have taken following a BSF constable’s allegation that soldiers posted along the Line of Control (LoC) are served meagre and poor quality food.
A division bench chaired by Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal sought status report from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on the inquiry initiated by it after BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav shared three videos on social media exposing the food served to them.
The bench also issued notice to paramilitary forces such as the Border Security Force, Central Industrial Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Sashastra Seema Bal and the Assam Rifles.
The court, taking up a Public Interest Litigation filed by a former central government employee, asked them to file their response by February 27, the next date of hearing.
The bench in a hearing asked counsel appearing for the Home Ministry about the inquiry initiated by it. Counsel said the ministry will file the report with the court.
“The steps that have already been taken by the Home Ministry in this regard be filed before the court. File status report,” the court said, seeking a response from all the paramilitary forces as also the ministry.
The public interest litigation was filed by former central government employee Puran Chand Arya following the BSF constable’s video on social media, claiming corruption among officials and poor working conditions.
Yadav from 29th Battalion of the BSF has accused unnamed officials of illegally selling off the food supplies meant for the troopers.
The PIL has asked details from the Centre about the ration procurement and preparation as well as serving of food to all categories of ranks.
The petitioner has also sought a direction to the Centre to not take adverse action against the BSF constable for making public the grievances. But the court denied to pass any order on this request.