Army pulled up for non compliance

Pulling up Army for not complying with its almost two-year-old judgement in a court martial case, the Armed Forces tribunal (AFT) has given two weeks to implement the order, failing which it will impose a cost on it for each day’s delay.

The AFT issued this order last week in a case involving Major S S Chillar, who was acquitted of charges of possessing a particular grenade allegedly recovered from under his pillow in April 2010.

In 2010, the AFT had acquitted Chillar after terming his court martial as “totally illegal and unsustainable in law”.

Giving relief to Chillar, the AFT had asked the armed forces to appoint trained prosecutors and presiding officers for such cases as otherwise they would turn into acquittals.

“The order in question was passed on April 1, 2010 and we are in 2012. Still the order has not been fully complied with.

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