1. Armed forces answerable to government, says Supreme Court

Armed forces answerable to government, says Supreme Court

The country's armed forces are responsible to the government, otherwise there would be a martial maw, the Supreme Court has said on Friday.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 28, 2016 2:34 PM
The petioner argued that since the President is the head of the armed forces, the government should not interfere inits matters. (PTI) The petioner argued that since the President is the head of the armed forces, the government should not interfere inits matters. (PTI)

The country’s armed forces are responsible to the government, otherwise there would be a martial maw, the Supreme Court has said on Friday.The top court said this while dismissing a plea seeking government’s restraint from using actions by India’s armed forces, for political reasons, whiling citing examples like the recent surgical strikes on a few terrorist camp in the PoK.

The petitioner argued that since the President is the head of the armed forces, the government should not interfere inits matters. Since the surgical strikes on September 29, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had to face lot od criticism for his statements on strikes, a ‘The Times of India’ report has said.

It appeared on October 17, that the defence minister was giving credit for surgical strikes on “RSS teachings”, news agency PTI has said. He also rejected claims of similar strikes by previous UPA government, which accused him of politicising the issue.

On September 29, the army had carried out surgical strikes against some terror launchpads in Pok, and also inflicting casualties on terrorists who were prepare to cross infiltrate from PoK.

The Strikes was orchestrated almost a week after Uri terror attack in which 19 Indian soldiers lost their lives and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had warned that the perpetrators of the terror attack won’t go unpunished.

After the Uri attack the government also decided not to take part in SAARC summit which was to be held in Pakistan. Following India’s decision other SAARC countries like Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh also announced their inability to join the summit after which it had to be cancelled by the Nawaz Sharif Government.

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