Navy war room leak case: SC upholds sacking of naval officers
By Team Legistify / 2017-02-26

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The Supreme Court has upheld the government’s decision to sack two naval officers facing criminal trial in the 2005 Navy war room leak case.A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra refused to intervene with the 2013 order of Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) rejecting the contention of senior naval officers, Commanders Vijendra Rana and V K Jha, that the department could not have discharged them without a show-cause notice and an opportunity to present their case.

The bench found no merit in their petition and upheld the government’s decision regarding their dismissal from the armed forces.

“We do not find it a fit case to intervene,” the bench, also comprising A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, said.

Rana and Jha were removed from service in October 2005 after a board of inquiry (BoI) held that they were involved in providing sensitive information regarding defence forces to outside agencies.

The 2005 Navy War Room leak case involves leakage of over 7,000 pages of sensitive defence information from the Naval War Room and the Air Headquarters, having a direct bearing on national security.

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