Ex. Armymen’s Protection Services P. Ltd. Vs. Union of India and Others

Ex. Armymen’s Protection Services P. Ltd. Vs. Union of India and Others
Natural Justice – National Security
Civil Appeal No. 2876 of 2014 [Arising out of S.L.P. (Civil) No. 15000 of 2010]-Decided on 26-2-2014.
It is difficult to define in exact terms as to what is national security. However, the same would generally include socio-political stability, territorial integrity, economic solidarity and strength, ecological balance, cultural cohesiveness, external peace, etc….. Thus, in a situation of national security, a party cannot insist for the strict observance of the principles of natural justice. In such cases it is the duty of the Court to read into and provide for statutory exclusion, if not expressly provided in the rules governing the field. Depending on the facts of the particular case, it will however be open to the court to satisfy itself whether there were justifiable facts, and in that regard, the court is entitled to call for the files and see whether it is a case where the interest of national security is involved. Once the State is of the stand that the issue involves national security, the court shall not disclose the reasons to the affected party…read more