SC upholds dismissal of diplomat

A Bench comprising justices Mukundakam Sharma and A R Dave made the observation while upholding the dismissal of a senior diplomat for anti-national activities during his stint in China. The court said the disciplinary authority was not bound to disclose the reasons in special cases if it affected national security. It allowed an appeal by the Centre against an order of the Delhi HC directing it (Centre) to pass a detailed order for the dismissal of M M Sharma, posted as first secretary in charge of external intelligence in Beijing. He had been found to be involved in an undesirable liaison with nationals of the host country.

The court noted that the officer was dismissed under the special Constitutional provisions on December 22, 2009 following a report by the Intelligence Bureau Director.

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