HC rejects Samba spy case convicts plea to restore dignity

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New Delhi, Dec 20 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today dismissed the plea of the Army officials convicted in the controversial Samba spy case of 1978, asking the court to restore their dignity by hearing their case afresh in the wake of new evidence in their favour.

A bench comprising Justices Vikramjeet Sen and S L Bhayana dismissed the plea of Captain Ashok Kumar Rana and Captain Ranbir Singh Rathore, stating that the case has already been concluded by the apex court and the accused have also faced sentence of 14 years imprisonment.

The army officers, Rana and Rathore, who were held guilty in the sensational 'samba spy case' told the court that the whole case claimed to be unearthed by the Intelligence Wing of Army in 1978, was perpetuated on them and all the persons held accused in the case, were wrongly roped in the case.

Army officers had arrested 27 officers including Rana and Rathore and 12 JCO's and NCO's and 11 civilians for allegedly spying for Pakistan during their posting in the Samba sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

Arrests were based on the statements made by Capt Rana and Capt Rathore.

They were court martialled and sentenced to 14 years imprisonment and their sentence was upheld by the apex Court.

Later on, former head of IB T V Rajeshwar and former deputy director V K Kaul made statements in the press that Capt Rana and Capt Rathore were innocent.

They have appealed in the High Court that in the wake of fresh evidence of the statements made by Mr Rajeshwar and Mr Kaul, they should be discharged in the case and all allegations levelled against them, earlier, should be dismissed to restore their dignity.

The Court held that since the matter was decided by the Supreme Court they do not have the jurisdiction to decide the case.

Both the Army officials would appeal in the Supreme Court now.

UNI

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