Former BSF soldier Tej Bahadur Yadav likely to appeal dismissal today
File photo: Tej Bahadur Yadav had posted a video on social media alleging bad food was being served to personnel. Photograph: (DNA)
Tej Bahadur Yadav, a former jawan of India's Border Security Force (BSF), who was dismissed from the BSF over his viral video of poor food quality for jawans is likely to appeal against his dismissal from service in a Delhi court today.
The Summary Security Force Court (SSFC) on April 19 dismissed the BSF soldier from service for posting a video regarding substandard food being served to the jawans.
The SSFC conducted the proceedings against Yadav following charges under provision of the BSF Act and Rules:
- An act prejudicial to good order and discipline of the force in which he made false allegations on social media regarding the quality of food and did not adhere to formal grievance redressal mechanism of the force.
- Neglect to obey general orders of the force in which he carried two mobile phones while on operational duty against the SOP and also posted photographs in uniform on social media in contravention of instructions.
Yadav was found guilty of all the charges and awarded dismissal from service.
However, during the proceedings, all opportunities were given to Yadav for his defence
As per the BSF Act and Rules, he can submit a petition or appeal against the punishment to the higher headquarters within three months.
Following his dismissal, Yadav requested the government to support him and asserted that if he did not get the support, he would move the judiciary.
"I will request the government to support me on this issue. If the government is not able to take any action, then I will proceed to court. I have filed my plea to all higher ministers and departments and I wish that they stand and come in support of me," he said.
Yadav moved out of the cantonment with his belongings in a three-ton truck after receiving his dismissal orders.
"I was dismissed from the BSF today, but I still have the proof with me about the video I had posted on the poor quality of the food. I am yet to get justice and I will take this matter to the High Court, as I have faith in the system," Yadav told ANI.
"It is saddening, but if this is what I get for saying the truth, then what can be done. I'm not saying that all army officers are corrupt, some are really concerned, but at least 50 per cent of officers are responsible for the poor food conditions," he added.