The regional bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal here has directed the Chief of Army Staff and other respondents including ministry of defence to reinstate the services of Lance Naik Manish Shukla, who was “forcefully discharged” from the Army.
Shukla was discharged from the service in September 2013 while he was posted with the 16th Guards (infantry) in Nashirabad Rajasthan.
According to his counsel Ajit Singh Gaherwar, Shukla had an unblemished record of 10 years and seven months when he was forcefully discharged. “After being sanctioned a leave of 15 days, the jawan was asked to return to his unit by the then commanding officer following a complaint lodged by Havildar GS Rathore.”
“When Shukla refused to return prior to the end of his leave period, the CO sent teams twice to bring him back. On return, Shukla was placed into detention. He and his wife were forced to sign papers of discharge on false grounds,” Gaherwar told the court.
However, according to the court order copy, government counsel Ashish Kumar Singh stated that Shukla had applied for premature discharge from service before proceeding on leave.