DIG B.K Loshali to face court martial proceedings

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New Delhi: Coast Guard DIG B K Loshali, who had disputed government'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 (BoI). 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 to blow up that was seen at the Porbandar Coast. The Board had submitted its report to the Coast Guard headquarters in late April after which it was studied at various levels.

"The BOI had called for strict action. The General Court Martial Proceedings against DIG B K Loshali will start in September," a defence source said.

Asked about the content of the report, sources said 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. They added "suitable action will be taken" and that he will face strict action.