New Delhi: The CBI has registered a case of
criminal conspiracy, cheating and misconduct in the Pune land
scam, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
In written reply to the House, Defence Minister A K
Antony said, "CBI has registered one case against a retired
Army officer in which (former Army vice-chief) Lt Gen N
Thamburaj has been named as an accused."
On measures taken by the Ministry to remove encroachment
on defence lands, he said, "Detailed instructions emphasising
the need for ensuring vigilance, detection and prevention of
new encroachments have been issued by the Ministry. Process of
detection and removal of encroachments is a continuing
On audit of defence lands, he said, Directorate General
of Defence Estates (DGDE) has already completed land audit of
seven defence offices/Circles such as Chennai, Cochin, Goa,
Jodhpur, Meerut, Mumbai and Vishakhapatnam as per the target
given for financial year 2011-12.
Replying to a question on complaint of human rights
violation against defence personnel, he said since 2009
disciplinary action has been completed against five armed
A total of 172 complaints were filed in this regard, he
On assessment of damage due to the recent avalanche in
Jammu and Kashmir, Antony said, "An accurate assessment of
damage to the fence can only be made after melting of snow
which is expected by April 2012."