New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday disposed off a Habeas Corpus petition filed by BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s wife Sharmila Devi after she told the High Court that she met him at the battalion Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba area and is satisfied with her husband’s well-being.
“There is no restriction on Tej Bahadur Yadav. He has a new phone from which he can talk to his family members. The BSF jawan was not under any illegal confinement at any point of time, rather he was shifted to another battalion, 88th Bn HQRS at Kalibari, Samba in Jammu,” Advocate Gaurang Kanth who appeared for the Centre and the force told HC.
As per the reports of news agency PTI, the bench Justice GS Sistani and Justice Vinod Goel disposed off the petition and remarked, “It has come to an end. If you (government) go by the formalities, things will never end. Look the wife met her husband and now she herself does not want to press the issue further.”
Earlier Yadav’s wife had claimed that her husband had called her and claimed that he was being threatened and harassed and that he has been put under arrest.
“Waited for him on 31st but he didn’t come. He called up to say that he was asked to retire. He further said that his retirement was also cancelled within one hour and that he was later arrested. He managed to call up today using someone else’s phone, told me that he’s under arrest, being threatened and mentally tortured,” his wife had told ANI.
Tej Bahadur triggered a controversy by his social media post on sub-standard food quality, after which the PMO had sought a detailed factual report on it from the Union Home Ministry and BSF.
The ministry had informed PMO that BSF has maintained that there was no shortage of ration at any post and that security the personnel deployed along the borders never complained about food.
BSF had recently rejected the voluntary retirement plea of Yadav. The family members have alleged that the trooper was being ‘threatened and mentally tortured’. However, BSF made it clear that Yadav is not being arrested and the cancellation of voluntary retirement plea was communicated to the BSF jawan on January 30.
(With inputs from agencies)