Human Rights

Court martial against Purohit yet not initiated

Report of the court of inquiry instituted against Lt. Col. Purohit headed by an officer of Brigadier’s rank is awaiting submission so far. Court martial proceedings have not yet been initiated for his alleged role in the Malegaon blast. Alleged being a member of Abhinav Bharat (an organistaion not recognised as part of the armed forces) contrary to provisions of Army rules; Purohit is also alleged to have sold his 7.62 mm pistol to an arms dealer in Pune.  In a petition signed by his wife and filed in the armed forces tribunal, Lt. Col. Purohit has denied all allegations and has sought for quashing of the Army’s court of inquiry. He even alleged Maharashtra police of brutal torture, including “twisting of private parts.”

The Indian Army is probing whether there was any wider terror ring within its force that was aware of the alleged activities of Malegaon blast case accused but failed to take action against him. The court of inquiry was to “bring out extent to which the superiors, colleagues and sub-ordinates were aware” of his illegal or undesirable activities. It will decide whether there was any deliberate failure to take cognisance. It was to probe any “lapses in command, control and supervision…. which enabled him to become involved in undesirable activities”

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2010 on page no. 11

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