Abducted lieutenant colonel can leave his company anytime: High Court
IMPHAL | Jul 11 : The High Court of Manipur today directed that lieutenant colonel, Dharamvir Singh, who was allegedly abducted by armed jawans, should be allowed to leave his company any time by taking an official leave.
Complying the directive of the high court given to general officer commanding (GOC) 3 corps, Dharamvir was today produced before the division bench of the high court comprising of chief justice, RamlingamSudhakar and justice, Kh. Nobin Singh.
The two army officers, lieutenant colonel Nanda and major Rathod who led the army personnel in the alleged arrest of Dharamvir also appeared before the court as directed.
The directives was given in response to a habeas corpus petition filed by Dharamvir’s wife, Ranju Singh on July 5 stating that her husband was kidnapped by armed jawans led by the two officers (Nanda and Rathod) on early morning of July 1 from their quarter, without any arrest warrant and whereabouts of her husband is not known.
Being suggested by the division bench the matter was heard in the judge chamber and later on the matter was listed again on July 13 for further hearing.
The army officials (respondents) who appeared before the division bench reportedly denied that, Dharamvir was detained by the army authority as alleged in the petition.
In connection with the case the lieutenant colonel’s wife has lodged a FIR to the Imphal police station against the two officers who had allegedly kidnapped Dharamvir and had claimed that she was not provided any information regarding her husband.
The officers were charged with under section 346/365/363/120-B IPC and 27 Arms act for wrongful confinement, kidnapping and concealing with criminal conspiracy by using arms.
However, the army had rendered the allegation, ‘baseless’ and said it was an attempt to malign the image of the organisation.
The army had also already clarified that Dharamvir was posted at Dimapur and was sent for temporary assignment to Manipur on order from the headquarters and on completion of the said assignment Dharamvir had to report back to Dimapur on being relieved by another officer.
It also claimed that he was assigned an official vehicle and a protection party on July 1 as movement of service personnel on a non-road opening day’ is protected by an escort party.
According to them, Dharamvir reached Rangapahar at 9 pm of July 1 and has been discharging his bonafide military duties as per the official charter.
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