By- Legalxpo Interns
The Apex court of India restored honour of Army veteran who was among top officer who led operation Bluestar in the year 1984. The court also upheld a decision to exonerate him with the charges of alleged misconduct and award him a rank of Lieutenant Colonel post retirement.
The top court upheld the decision given by the Armed forces tribunal by setting aside the “punishment of reprimand” awarded to Major (now retired) Kunwar Ambreshwar Singh on charge of retaining certain electronic items recovered during operation to flush out sikh extremist from Golden temple complex.
The Bench comprising of Justice AK Sikri & Justice Ashok Bhushan dismissed centre appeal against Armed forces tribunal order but reduced the cost from RS 10 lakh to Rs 1 lakh. The bench hearing the appeal said that we see no merit in this appeal and the same is accordingly dismissed . However we find that Cost of Rs 10 lakh imposed upon appellant is quite excessive and we reduce it to 1 lakh.
Operation Bluestar was carried out by Indian army between 1 and 8 June 1984, ordered by then Prime Minister Smt Indira Gandhi within the premises of the Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple. This operation by Indian military was carried out to flush the Sikh extremist religious leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his armed militant group from the Golden temple complex in Amritsar, Punjab.
In the verdict of Army Tribunal Force Lucknow on 11 August 2017 exonerated Singh of all charges and also set aside the order passed by the Chief of Army staff.
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