Home » national news » Indian Army answerable to govt otherwise there would be martial law: SC

Indian Army answerable to govt otherwise there would be martial law: SC

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:45 IST

The Supreme Court on 28 October asserted that the Indian armed forces are accountable and answerable to the Union Cabinet and the government. The court added that if this is not the case, it will lead to martial law in the country.

The apex court made the remark in response to a petition seeking to prevent the government from looking for political gains from the operations initiated by the Indian army. The petitioner asserted that the army should be only answerable to the President of the country and that the government should not influence its decisions in any way, the Times of India reported.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP drew criticism from several quarters for allegedly taking credit for the surgical strikes conducted by Indian army across the Line of Control last month for political gains.

Last week, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also credited the RSS' teachings for the Indian Army's successful operation.

The Army had conducted surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control on the intervening night of 28 and 29 September, 10 days after the Uri terror attack which claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers.

First published: 28 October 2016, 12:45 IST