They were accused of providing sensitive information to unauthorised agencies and endangered the Country’s security.
Supreme Court upheld that the Centre’s decision to sack two senior naval officers Commander Vijendra Rana and Commander V K Jha for the alleged involvement in the Navy war room leak case.
The officers were removed from the service after a Board of Inquiry (BoI)had held that they were involved in providing sensitive information regarding the defence forces to the outside agencies.
The 2005 case involved leak of over 7,000 pages of the sensitive defence information from Navy War Room and Air Headquarters, with a direct bearing on the national security.
The leak of the sensitive information came to light in May 2005 when an officer was found in possession of an unauthorised pen drive containing the secrets of the defence forces. An informal inquiry was held and Rana and Jha were found to be thr likely conduits.
An BoI was thus convened and it was held that officers had become undesirable and their sacking was recommended. Centre accepted recommendation and dismissed them on October 26, 2005.
Officers challenged Centre’s decision before Armed Forces Tribunal which dismissed their plea on June 30, 2010. They then approached the SC.
Apex Court Bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice M M Shantanagoudar, however, found no merit in their petition and upheld Centre’s decision.