NEW DELHI:Disgraced Coast Guard DIG B K Loshali, who had contradicted the Centre’s version of events in connection with the interception of a Pakistani boat in January, will face court martial proceedings from September after being indicted by a Board of Inquiry.
Incidentally, the President on Friday announced gallantry medal for the Commanding Officer of the Indian Coast Guard which had intercepted Pakistan terror boat off Porbandar.
The BoI was instituted in February after Coast Guard found “unsatisfactory” Loshali’s reply to the showcause notice issued to him over remarks that he had ordered the Pakistani boat to be blown up off.
The Board had submitted its report to the Coast Guard headquarters(HQ) in late April after which it was studied at various levels.
“The BOI had called for strict action. The Coast Guard Court which is equivalent to the court martial will begin from September against DIG Loshalim,” said a source.
Asked about the content of the report, sources said the unedited video showed that Loshali did make the assertion that he had ordered the boat to be blown up, contrary to the denial he made later. Loshali had contradicted the government’s claim that the crew of the intruding Pakistani boat had themselves set the vessel ablaze, leading to an explosion that caused the vessel to sink.