PIL on army rejected
Caste and creed play a major role in India. Surprisingly, the army is not immune to this. A PIL seeking abolition of recruitment in the army on the basis of caste, region and religion was recently dismissed by the Supreme Court. A bench of Justices TS Thakur and C agappan closed the hearing, saying they did not want to rock the army’s boat and certain institutions must be left to manage their own affairs. But this was after the court took notice of the petition for more than a year and even sought the center’s view on the subject. The petitioner, IS Yadav, a doctor from Rewari, had filed an affidavit claiming that such a biased recruitment policy followed by 22 regiments had no constitutional backing, violated fundamental rights and defeated the secular credentials of the army. The PIL stated that such a practice was not followed by the navy or the air force.
The centre in its defense stated that such a classification had been a force multiplier and had helped in the smooth execution of operational plans.