AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Tuesday directed the Union government to give a job to Rekha Yadav, whose brother Kuldip Yadav (54) went to Pakistan, was arrested and sentenced to 25 years in jail for spying.
A resident of Chandkheda, Yadav joined the armed forces in 1991. He reportedly went to Pakistan for a clandestine operation. He was arrested in 1994 on charges of spying for India and imprisoned. He has been languishing in Kot Lakhpat Jail since then.A division bench headed by Justice M R Shah asked the government to accommodate Rekha, who is in her 40s, in a government job after assessing her abilities.
According to Rekha’s advocate, Manoj Danak, the high court said that the Centre must treat her case as an exception, as the government would obviously deny that Yadav was working for it as a spy and such assignments may not have any documentary basis. Rekha may not get the benefits of the compassionate grounds scheme, for jobs granted to the kin of defence personnel who die or retire on medical grounds while performing their duty. The court said as Rekha’s case may not fall in this category, the government must treat her case as an exception.
In 2014, the high court requested the Pakistan government to release Yadav after remitting the remainder of his term. It also directed the Centre, especially the ministry of external affairs, to take up the matter with its Pakistan counterparts, for the release of Indian prisoners who are similarly situated.