Kargil order: Army Tribunal dismisses review plea

With some harsh words against the Army, the Armed Forces Tribunal today refused to review its order for correction of 1999 Kargil war records.

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2010, 18:57 PM IST

New Delhi: With some harsh words against the
Army, the Armed Forces Tribunal today refused to review its
order for correction of 1999 Kargil war records which did not
reflect the actual role played by the then Brigade Commander
Brigadier Devinder Singh.

The Tribunal rejected a review petition against its May
27 order in which the Army was directed to correct the records
of the Kargil conflict following contention by Singh that the
battle accounts were fudged by his superior Lt Gen Kishan Pal.

Taking a serious view of the review petition, Tribunal
Chairperson Justice A K Mathur said the Army should be
"thankful" as the previous verdict could have been "worse" as
decorations of Lt Gen Kishan Pal could have also been
withdrawn.

In its May 27 order, the Tribunal had asked the Army to
expunge Singh`s Annual Confidential Report(ACR) written by Lt
Gen Pal and directed it to correct certain records of the
Kargil conflict.

Singh had moved the Delhi High Court in 2006,
complaining that his role as leader of the 70 Infantry Brigade
in the Batalik Sector had been underplayed and this had cost
him a war medal and promotions.

The Tribunal had accepted his contention that his
contribution had been incorrectly represented by Lt Gen Kishan
Pal and held that "the ACRs were not written in an objective
and unbiased manner".

In view of the adverse ACR by Lt Gen Pal, Brigadier
Singh could not be promoted to the rank of Major General.

Among the records which the Tribunal had wanted to be
corrected was a paragraph in the After Action Report of the
war and two other paragraphs of the Kargil war account.

After the Army filed the review petition, Singh had
also filed a plea seeking changes in the Kargil Review
Committee report to absolve him and his unit of the "blame"
for intrusion by Pakistani Army into Indian territory before
the war started.

PTI