Colonel barred from promotion for irregularities
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 14:39
  
New Delhi: The Army has expressed "severe displeasure" against a Colonel who has been indicted by a Court of Inquiry for alleged irregularities in construction of a building in Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir.

Colonel Sunil Khosla, Commanding Officer of the 5171 ASC battalion, in 2008, was reprimanded by the Northern Army Commander Lt Gen B S Jaswal after the COI submitted its report.

Under the Army Act, an officer awarded a "severe displeasure" by a commander is barred for promotion for three years. In case the sentence is given by the Army Chief, the officer is permanently barred from being promoted.

The COI was launched after the Udhampur-based Northern Army Command received an anonymous complaint against the Colonel, Army sources said.

In the complaint, it was alleged that the officer, while commanding this batallion in Udhampur, had threatened a jawan to get a Guard Room constructed in the unit at his own expense or else face disciplinary action, they added.

Taking action on the complaint, the COI submitted its report to Northern Army Commander Jaswal last year.

After going through the inquiry, under administrative action, the Army Commander decided to issue a show cause notice to Khosla.

After receiving the officer's reply, the Army Commander expressed "severe displeasure" at his conduct in the case.

Meanwhile, the officer has filed a statutory complaint against the action with the Army Headquarters here and also approached the Armed Forces Tribunal in this regard.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 14:39


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