Indian coast guard officer DIG BK Loshali has been served a show-cause notice for claiming that it was his orders which led to the Pakistani vessel with suspected terrorists being blown up on New's Year's Eve. The Indian government was left in a rather awkward situation as a result of the 'revelation' because it had said all along that the boat had exploded and sunken by itself.
Loshali's statement provided the perfect platform for Pakistan to pounce on the opportunity; its defence minister Khawaja Asif saying, "India has once again proved to be heinous in its face, designs and urging for peace." Asif also added that four innocent lives had been lost and that it was India's common habit to make a mockery of international laws, reports DNA.
Earlier on Wednesday, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said he would inquire into the matter while indicating possible disciplinary action against the officer.
He also said the government "stands by its statement" that the boat was blown up by the "suspected terrorists" themselves and he was prepared to release evidence to this effect, reports IANS.
Facing a volley of questions on Loshali's remarks, Parrikar said: "I will make inquiry. Take the video copy. We will take action against the person if he made the statement."
"If someone makes a statement which is incorrect, you are making a case of disciplinary proceedings," he told reporters at the Aero India 2015 show that was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bengaluru.