The Supreme Court on 28 October 2016 said Armed forces are answerable to the government ‘otherwise there will be martial law in the country’.
A bench of Justices Amitava Roy and U U Lalit made this observation while dismissing a plea seeking action against Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for allegedly interfering and claiming credit for the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army in PoK.
Advocate M L Sharma, who had filed the plea, said that Union Ministers including the Defence Minister had been claiming credit for the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army, for which they are not entitled to because as per the provisions of the Constitution, the President is the head of the armed forces.
He alleged that the armed forces' action was being used for the personal interests of a few. The court said the plea was not maintainable and hence dismissed.