Air force officer on Thursday knocked the doors of the Delhi High Court seeking release of his son, allegedly confined illegally by his superiors in the psychiatric ward without the family’s consent.

The family has claimed that he was kept their on the instruction of his Air Officer Commanding, after he entered into a heating exchange of words, as he accidentally overlooked his presence and crossed him without a salute.

On the other hand, the counsel for the Centre, Ripudaman Bhardwaj told court that Bhankhariya was into substance abuse and is undergoing treatment at the psychiatric ward.

Justices Dr S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel observed that the department was virtually keeping him in detention.

“Keeping him confined and away from the family members will not make him better. We are not going to tolerate this type of attitude.

Unless it is a psychiatric order along with substance abuse you cannot touch him. He is your soldier, don’t you care for him? What tests do you take to determine his craving?

The counsel appearing for the force told court that he was going through withdrawal symptoms and hence kept in supervision.

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