Delhi HC to hear 'urgent' plea on BSF jawan's viral video

| Updated: Jan 17, 2017 12:04 IST

New Delhi[India], Jan. 17(ANI): The Delhi High Court will on Tuesday hear an urgent plea seeking a status report from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) following a Border Security Force(BSF) soldier's allegation that troopers posted along the Line of Control (LoC) were being served poor quality food. The petitioner urged the bench headed by Chief Justice G. Rohini, which did not assemble, that the matter be transferred to another bench on Monday itself as it was an "urgent issue." The court master, who was giving dates in the matter, asked the counsel for the petitioner what was the urgency. The plea was filed by Puran Chand Arya, a former central government employee, in the wake of a video posted on Facebook by BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, claiming corruption among officers and poor working conditions. The PIL has sought direction to the central government to explain what is the scenario of ration procurement and preparation and serving of food to all categories of ranks and to take serious action in the incident. It also sought direction to depute a higher officer to supervise the food quality, or to allow the officers of the court or any independent NGOs or media, to make a surprise visit to any paramilitary force food canteen or mess to check the quality and hygiene of the food served to the troopers. The PIL has cited a video uploaded by Yadav, which went viral on social media, in which he has alleged that troopers were being served bad quality food and at times were forced to go hungry. Yadav, claiming to be from the 29th Battalion of the BSF, has accused unnamed officers of illegally selling off the food supplies meant for the troopers.(ANI)
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