Army official shifted out of Sukna court martial
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Last Updated: Monday, September 13, 2010, 18:47
Shillong: A senior official of the Army's legal branch is understood to have been moved out of the court martial in the Sukna land scam case soon after he made observations against the charges on Lt Gen P K Rath, who has been arraigned in the case.

Sources said after Army's counsel in the court martial Brigadier, T Prasad, made certain written remarks against the charges or procedures in the case to Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Bikram Singh, he was posted out and replaced by another officer.

As per the Army Rule 105, the Judge Advocate General (JAG) is entitled to give his opinion if he finds any irregularity in charge or procedures to the convening authority.

Prasad was the Deputy Judge Advocate General (DJAG) at the Jaipur-based South Western Army Command and was attached with the Court Martial. He has now been ordered to join in Lucknow on a short notice, sources said.

However, Army officials denied that maintained that Brig Prasad had been shifted out because of his comments in the case. They maintained that the Brigadier completed his tenure in the SWAC and was posted out before the commencement of the court martial.

In the trial, the Army will now be represented by Brigadier Rajendra Singh, who is the DJAG at the Pune-based Southern Command.

The court martial proceedings in the case are beginning here tomorrow and will be headed by EME College Commandant Lt Gen I J Singh. He will be assisted by two other Lt Gens also in the court martial.


First Published: Monday, September 13, 2010, 18:47

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