The BSF (Border Security Forces) has replied to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in reference to the plea submitted by the dismissed Army constable, Tej Bahadur Yadav. In it’s response, the BSF has asserted that Yadav’s conduct in the force could have instigated mutiny in the armed forces. To recall, Tej Bahadur Yadav is the whistle blower against the poor quality food served to the army men and had posted a video on social media in January 2017. In the video, Yadav showed the insipid dal and badly cooked rotis served to the BSF armymen. The video had brought an uproar across the nation and news channels even had debates on this issue. The news saddened many nation lovers and had demanded an inquiry in the case.
“The issue was so sensitive that this could have led to mutiny among armed forces, had it not been controlled/defused by the Indian government and the BSF. Nevertheless, this issue immensely eroded the image of our country at international forum,” BSF replied to the plea.
The BSF has also stated that the ‘Whistle Blower’ wanted to take voluntary retirement on January 31, 2017 and had stated to the Subedar Major of the unit, Alok Kumar, that if he is not allowed to do so, he would go on a hunger strike. Not just that but the petitioner on February 2, 2017, according to the BSF, instigated other troops in an assembly by going in front of them to go on a hunger strike against the bad quality food being served to them. “All offences committed by him were serious in nature and carry stringent punishment with a view to maintain discipline in the force,” asserted BSF in the reply to Punjab and Haryana HC.
Tej Bahadur Yadav had moved to Punjab and Haryana HC against his “unfair” dismissal from his services on April 19, 2017. He seeks his dismissal order to be set aside as his trial was unfairly conducted.