SC upholds removal of SSB constable from service

SC upholds removal of SSB constable from service
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One-liner: The Supreme Court has upheld the removal of an SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal) head constable from service for entering the women's barrack of a battalion in the middle of the night in April 2013.

Dismissal ordered: A Summary Force Court (SFC) had initially ordered the dismissal of head constable Anil Kumar Upadhyay on April 29, 2013.

Removal from service: Subsequently, it was converted to removal from service on June 21, 2013, by the Commandant of the Battalion.

Grave in nature: Upholding the decision, a bench of SC said the allegations against Upadhyay were grave in nature.

Argument dismissed: The bench dismissed the accused's argument that his punishment was disproportionate, since co-accused Rupasi Barman, was given a lesser punishment.

Violation: The accused was charged with violation of good order and discipline under Section 43 of the Shashastra Seema Bal Act.

Apprehended: The accused was apprehended inside the women's barrack by six female constables. He was charged with indiscipline and misconduct leading to compromising the security of the occupants.

Co-accused punished: Parallel proceedings were drawn up against Rupasi Barman, and she was also found guilty and given the penalty of forfeiture of two years seniority in the rank of constable.

Source: PTI

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