New Delhi: Sting operations alone cannot
be relied upon by authorities to take action against officials
as there have been several cases where such operations are
"framed-up" to "malign the image" of individuals and
institutions, said the Armed Forces Tribunal.
The observation was made by Principal Bench of the
Tribunal while hearing a petition of retired Major General P S
K Choudary, who was allegedly caught taking bribe in the
Tehelka sting operation and wanted a stay on his court martial
"Cases are galore where it has come to the knowledge
that such kind of sting operations are sometimes framed-up to
malign the image of any respectable person or the
institution," Tribunal Chairman Justice A K Mathur observed.
The Bench added that if authorities start acting on the
information provided by the media without verifying its
authenticity "it will cause great havoc and will ruin the life
of the officers."
The competent authorities should be apprised of the
correct facts in order to help it to take decisions with
regard to sting operations, it said.
In the particular case, Choudary had contended that Army
had suspended him on March 14, 2001, a day after video
footages were aired showing him purportedly taking bribe from
journalists posing as arms dealers.