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45-year-old Samba spy case revived
5/16/2019 11:52:01 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, May 16: The Delhi High Court (HC) has issued a notice to Government of India for the demand for declassification of the 45-year old Samba spy case. The case, which was later found as a bogus case, thus stands revived again. The case was based on the petition by the Army officers who were terminated and convicted in the mid 70s. The HC issued a notice to the Defence Ministry and the Army Chief, on the petition filed by retired officers who were allegedly falsely implicated seeking declassification of the entire files of the Samba spy case, in which the entire unit of Army officers and jawans were implicated and later found innocent.
The Samba spy case got ignited with the arrest of two jawans (soldiers) caught for allegedly spying for Pakistan in 1975 from the army unit in Samba in Jammu. The case was handed over to the Military Intelligence (MI). It was reportedly based on the depositions of the two jawans, more than 50 officers starting from the unit head (Brigadier) to the jawans in the unit were terminated and many were convicted for up to 14 years.
Later, one of the jawans caught for spying confessed that "he falsely gave a deposition and the other jawan was shot trying to cross the border in the mid-80s". Later, the Intelligence Bureau's investigation panel found that the "case was totally wrong and many officers were tortured and falsely implicated".
The intelligence panel was formed as per the orders of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The high-level panel was headed by the then Intelligence Bureau's (IB) Deputy Director V K Kaul and senior officers from the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the Military and Jammu & Kashmir Police and the panel found that the case was totally fake and created falsely by some officers to settle scores.
Though the Army officers were found "innocent" in the mid-90s, their demands for justice and giving back the lost prestige were not delivered. The officers accused the Governments of "scuttling their fight for justice in courts by providing sealed covers and not declaring the IB's panel report which found the spy case was a false one". It was widely opined that "Intelligence agencies don't want to be exposed of their goof up and framing up which harmed the life and prestige of an entire unit of the Indian Army".
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