Delhi HC seeks government, Army stand on Samba spy case

The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the Centre to file its response on a plea by two former Army officials seeking to de-classify all official documents pertaining to the “Samba Spy” case. Justice Vibhu Bhakru also asked the Indian Army to file a reply on the plea and listed the matter for September 3.

The court was hearing a petition filed by former Captains Ashok Kumar Rana of 7 Jat Regiment and Ranbir Singh Rathaur of 11 Garhwal Rifles through their counsel Pranav Sachdeva. The “Samba Spy” case dates back to 1975-1977 when two self-confessed spies Swaran Dass and Aya Singh, working as gunners in the artillery regiment of the Army, falsely named Captain Rana and Captain Rathaur as their accomplices.

The two officers were arrested and based on their statements at least 40 other Army men were implicated and summarily dismissed for allegedly spying for Pakistan during their posting in Samba sector of Jammu.