The Karnataka High Court on Thursday cleared the hurdles for an Army Major, who wants to marry a foreign national, after directing the Army to relieve him from his duty and imposing a cost of Rs 75,000 on it.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen, passed the orders while rejecting the appeal of the Army, challenging the order of a single-judge bench which had directed the Army to take an appropriate order while considering the application of Major Vikas Kumar to relieve him of his duties, so that he could marry a Sri Lankan citizen studying in Bengaluru.
As per law, anyone serving in the Army and willing to marry a foreign national (except Bhutan) has to get prior permission from the government. It is mandatory to get the citizen of another country to renounce the foreign citizenship. In the case of Major Vikas Kumar, the woman had refused to renounce her citizenship of Sri Lanka. He had filed an application with the Army to relieve him of his duties as per law, which was rejected. Surprisingly, the Army ordered an investigation into the purpose of Major Kumar coming in contact with the Lankan woman.
The Major approached the court against the Army for rejecting his resignation and the court had directed the Army to consider his resignation in 60 days. The Army later challenged the order by going on an appeal in HC.
The Chief Justice, referring to an example wherein one of the Presidents of India (K.R. Narayanan) marrying to a foreign national, had strongly criticised the Army saying, “This is not a khap panchayat, this is the Army.” (Deccan Chronicle)