The Delhi High Court junked a petition filed by 30 Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel seeking redeployment in war-torn Afghanistan.
The bench said they were amazed to know that anyone would be keen to go back there given the “dangerous situation”.
“The petitioners, as personnel of armed forces like ITBP, can be posted anywhere based on the requirement…(But) they have no vested right to be deployed in Afghanistan,” the bench of justices Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Amit Bansal said.
‘Prematurely re-deployed to India only after serving for ten months’
A report said that the petitioners had been deployed in Kandahar before being withdrawn.
The petitioners were posted in August 2020 in the Embassy of India at Kabul, Afghanistan as Security Assistants and their tenure was to be for a term of two years. However, on 13 June, they were re-deployed back to India.
The petitioners claimed that they were entitled to a stay of two years in Afghanistan but had been prematurely re-deployed to India only after serving for a period of ten months.
In their petition, they further said that there is a requirement of the petitioners in Kabul for frisking of children and females visiting the Embassy of India at Kabul, Afghanistan as well as for the purpose of security, and the petitioners are duly trained for the same, however, non-General Duty Female personnel, not trained to perform security functions have been retained to serve there.
India has temporarily closed its consulate-general in Kandahar
The counsel appearing on behalf of ITBP personnel said that the three personnel posted in Afghanistan are performing the same functions as the petitioners were performing.
“The three personnel have completed lesser tenure of posting in Afghanistan than the two petitioners herein and therefore, in terms of the Policy document, they have to be retained in Afghanistan,” Indian Kanoon quoted the petitioner’s counsel as saying.
The ITBP unit stationed in Afghanistan is tasked with guarding the Indian embassy in Kabul and the consulate general at Kandahar.
Sources said that selected ITBP personnel selected for duty abroad receive generous extra allowances and other perks.