Gen Rawat Violates Sec 21 of Army Act: CPI
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued the following statement on December 27, 2019 accusing Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat of violating Section 21 of Army Act:
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India accuses Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, who made remarks against anti-CAA protests, of violating his service rules, which prohibit him from making any kind of comment unrelated to army matters.
Section 21 in The Army Act, 1950 says makes it abundantly clear that serving army personnel whether at the top or at the bottom rank are serving the country and not the political forces and hence to express any political views as made by Gen Rawat is quite a wrong thing.
The Army Chief on December 26, 2019 commented upon people leading violent protests over the new citizenship law, saying “leaders are not those who lead people in inappropriate directions, as we are witnessing in a large number of university and college students, the way they are leading masses of crowds to carry out arson and violence in our cities and towns. This is not leadership,” the Army Chief said at a health summit. He further said: “A leader is one person who leads you in the correct direction. Gives you the right advice and then ensures that you care for the people you lead.”
Gen Rawat, who is due to retire on December 31 as Army Chief, is tipped to be India's first Chief of Defence Staff who will be the single-point military adviser to the government on tri-services matters. It is for the government whether such a person can be given the top-most post in defence services.
The Party appeals to all serving defence personnel to desist from committing such violation of rules in a democratic country like ours where the ruling party may change if the poll verdict is against it.