The Supreme Court docket has requested the Centre to tell it inside 4 weeks in regards to the whereabouts of a navy officer who went missing 2 years up to now and is believed to be in a Pakistani jail.
The prime court docket docket’s path on Friday bought right here on a petition by an 84-year-old woman whose son went missing all through a patrol at Indo-Pakistan border near Rann of Kutch in 1997.
Not limiting it merely to the officer in query, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) requested the lawyer exhibiting for the woman to compile an inventory of equally positioned officers of the Indian armed forces nonetheless languishing in Pakistani jails. The court docket docket is predicted to listen to the matter subsequent on April 23.
The petitioner, Kamla Bhattacharjee educated the Court docket that in the middle of the earlier 23 years neither has she been able to speak alongside together with her son nor has she obtained any explicit particulars about her son’s location. The petition states that her son, Captain Sanjit Bhattacharjee was part of a platoon patrolling alongside the Indo-Pak border within the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat. On April 19, 1997 Captain Sanjit along with Lance Naik Ram Bahadur Thapa went missing whereas 15 others belonging to the platoon returned to their camp. The captain’s family was educated the equivalent day he went missing.
4 days later, the Military educated the family that the captain had been apprehended by Pakistani authorities and remained untraceable. The same yr the Military bought right here all through a radio intercept confirming that captain Bhattacharjee was captured by Pakistan Rangers and subsequently handed over to the Pakistan Military. In 2004, the Military issued a letter informing that the missing officer was presumed to be lifeless. But in 2010, Military prepared an inventory of 54 missing prisoners of battle during which captain Bhattacharjee’s establish was included.
Representing the mother of the petitioner, advocate Saurabh Mishra educated the court docket docket that every one which the petition seeks to acquire is a path to the Centre to take very important movement for the search and launch of captain Sanjit Bhattacharjee languishing in Pakistan jail with none jail case lodged in opposition to him.
“The Petitioner’s son has been disadvantaged of his elementary proper underneath Article 21 i.e. proper to safety of life and private liberty, which has been described as the guts of elementary rights,” the petition acknowledged
The bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde whereas issuing uncover apprised the petitioner’s lawyer to evaluation on equally positioned Indian prisoners of battle in Pakistan jails. “We’re advised there are extra individuals who’re equally located. I used to be consulted in an analogous case that got here up from Nagpur. I consider they’re nonetheless not free,” acknowledged CJI Bobde. The bench, moreover comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian sought responses from the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Exterior Affairs.
In 2019, the Minister of State for Exterior Affairs V Muraleedharan suggested the Parliament that 83 Indian prisoners of battle are languishing in Pakistan jails. Even the Authorities and Military have claimed helplessness as Pakistan denies the presence of Indian POWs.