New Delhi: Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor met
Defence Minister A K Antony here Saturday evening against the
backdrop of the reports that the latter wants the same
yardstick to be applied against all the four senior army
officers indicted in a land scam in Darjeeling.
The case, in which three Lt Generals and a Major General
have been found culpable by an army Court of Inquiry, is
before Gen Kapoor for a final decision on the action to be
One of the indicted officers Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash is
the Military Secretary to the Army Chief and considered close
Defence Ministry sources described Kapoor`s meeting with
Antony as a "routine" one. They said Kapoor wanted to brief
Antony on his recent visit to Nepal.
However, the meeting assumes significance as Antony had
reportedly told the Army Chief recently to apply the same
yardstick with regard to all the four officers indicted in the
Sukna land scam which involves grant of No-Objection
Certificate for sale of a plot of land adjacent to an army
station in West Bengal.
Among the four officers, Kapoor has ordered disciplinary
action against Lt Gen P K Rath, that could lead to a court
martial. However, against Prakash, Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali and
Major Gen P C Sen, Kapoor has ordered administrative action
under which the punishment ranges from censure to dismissal.
Prakash, one of the top eight aides of the Army Chief,
will retire from service on January 31.
Under Army Act and Rules, an officer is liable for action
up to three years after his retirement.