Delhi HC refuses urgent hearing on plea seeking MHA report on food quality of troops

The plea was filed by Puran Chand Arya, a former central government worker, in the wake of the video posted by BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav on Facebook, highlighting the poor working conditions and corruption by officers

Delhi HC refuses urgent hearing on plea seeking MHA report on food quality of troops

The Delhi High Court on Monday refused the chance of an urgent hearing on a plea seeking status report from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) following a BSF jawan's video complaining about bad food being served to troops deployed along LoC went viral on Social media. The petitioner urged the bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini that the matter be transferred to another bench today itself as it was an "urgent issue".


The court master, while announcing dates on the issue, asked the counsel for the petitioner about the urgency. “The authorities concerned are looking into the issues (raised in the writ petition). Even the Army Chief has also taken steps in this regard,” he said. To which the counsel said the matter be listed for tomorrow, which was agreed by the court.

The plea was filed by Puran Chand Arya, a former central government worker, in the wake of the video posted by BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav on Facebook, highlighting the poor working conditions and corruption by officers. The public interest litigation (PIL) sought MHA to file a status report with respect to all paramilitary forces in India over allegation of the jawan in his video, which went viral.

Citing the fundamental Right to Equality (Article 14) , the PIL filed through advocate Abhishek Kumar Choudhary mentions the bad quality food given to jawans. It seeks action on the incident so that morale of the force is not affected.

Yadav had posted the video on January 9, in which he was seen showing a meal box comprising a watery soup-like dal, which he said had contained only turmeric and a burnt chapatti. He said this is what they were served at mealtime on duty. He also said they often went to bed on an empty stomach.

On January 9, Yadav had posted a video on Facebook which showed a meal box comprising a watery soup-like dal, which he said had only turmeric and salt and a burnt chapatti. He said this is what jawans were served at mealtime on duty. He said jawans often went to bed on an empty stomach.