‘Missing’ BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s family files habeas corpus plea in Delhi HC

New Delhi: Even as the Border Security Force is conducting an inquiry against constable Tej Bahadur Yadav, his family on Thursday filed a habeas corpus plea in Delhi High Court on the grounds that they are unable to contact him.

Yadav had shot into limelight after he uploaded a video on Facebook alleging that sub-standard food was being served to BSF jawans posted in the forward areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

The social media post had triggered a huge controversy, leading to the BSF instituting an inquiry against him.

Two days back Yadav’s wife Sharmila, her elder brother and ex-paramilitary association General Secretary Ranbir Singh met Border Security Force chief K K Sharma. The BSF DG assured the family that a “fair inquiry as per procedure” will be conducted in the case.

The BSF had recently rejected the voluntary retirement plea of Yadav.

The move by the country’s largest border-guarding force had not been seen kindly by Yadav’s family which had alleged that the trooper was being “threatened and tortured mentally”.

Rejecting Yadav’s plea under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS), BSF said it has been “cancelled pending the Court of Inquiry (CoI) and finalisation of its recommendations”.

“Cancellation of VRS was communicated to constable Yadav on January 30 evening only,” BSF said in a statement while making it clear that he “has not been arrested” as alleged by the family.

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.

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