‘Army indicts 10 officers in Adarsh scam’
New Delhi: In yet another blow to the clean image of armed forces, a Court of Inquiry (CoI) has indicted ten top ranking officers, including two former Army chiefs, Gen Deepak Kapoor and Gen N C Vij, for their role in the Adarsh housing society scam.
As per a report published by a leading daily, Thursday, the CoI has concluded in its probe that the conduct of several top Army officers—among them the two ex-Army chiefs, four lieutenant generals and three major generals—was "questionable" in Adarsh housing society scam.
This is the first instance of its kind that several top ranking officials have been accused of gross misconduct by an Army court.
Besides, Gen Kapoor and Gen Vij, the other officers, who have comes under the CoI scrutiny are Lt Gen GS Sihota, Lt Gen PK Rampal, Lt Gen Shantanu Choudhry , Lt Gen Tejinder Singh, Maj Gen Ram Kanwar Hooda, Maj Gen AR Kumar, Major Gen VS Yadav and Maj Gen Tej Kishen Kaul.
The CoI report has been submitted to the Defence Ministry. In view of the CoI report, the Army has recommended a CBI probe into the matter in light of specific evidence established by the Army court against the tainted officers, most of them are retired.
Three serving officers, who have been found guilty of misconduct, are likely to face administrative action under Army rules and regulations and may be deprived of promotion and other benefits.
However, the tainted officers will not be subjected to a full-fledged court-martial as of now.
A three-member CoI was constituted by the Army in December last year in Pune, the headquarters of Southern Army Command, in the wake reports pointing to the involvement of senior officers in the Adarsh housing scam.
These officers were blamed for overlooking objections and being beneficiaries in the allotment of apartments in the upscale Mumbai complex.
The senior-most serving officer figuring in the list of those against whom prima facie evidence has been found by the CoI is Major Gen Ram Kanwar Hooda, who was the General Officer Commanding, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa, until a few months ago.
Gen Hooda owns at least one flat in Adarsh complex and his name has been barred from the list of those to be considered for next rank. He is due to retire later this month. Gen Hooda is also likely to further Army disciplinary action, as per reports.
The officers who are under the CoI scanner are Gen Nirmal Chander Vij, Gen Deepak Kapoor,
Lt Gen GS Sihota, Lt Gen PK Rampal, Lt Gen Shantanu Choudhry, Lt Gen Tejinder Singh, Maj Gen Ram Kanwar Hooda, Maj Gen AR Kumar, Maj Gen VS Yadav, Maj Gen Tej Kishen Kaul.