Colonel in dock in transport scam
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 18:47
New Delhi: An Army Court of Inquiry has indicted a Colonel of producing false transportation bills to the tune of Rs 50 lakh, setting the stage for his Court Martial.

In what is being termed as a 'Transport scam', Colonel Sanjay Jethi, former Commandant of the Ordnance Depot in Mumbai, has been accused of producing and claiming false bills in hiring civilian transport for sending material and equipment to various units across the country, Army sources told agency here.

One of the charges against Jethi is that he was supposed to hire vehicles for sending tyres to different units in vehicles having 16-20 tonne capacity but he hired vehicles of nine tonne category for sending the supplies, they added.

"It was later found that though the vehicles were of nine tonnes category, bills were falsely claimed for 16-20 tonne vehicles," the sources said citing the CoI report.

In some cases, it was found that no vehicles were sent but still bills were produced and claimed by Jethi, they said.

In some cases, one vehicle was shown to have been sent to different places in different directions from Mumbai on same day, they added.

After the matter came to light, the CoI headed by a Brigadier-rank officer was convened against Jethi. After probing charges against him, the CoI recommended disciplinary action against Jethi.

Jethi has now approached the Armed Forces Tribunal challenging the CoI and its recommendations.

Asked if the Army could continue holding the Summary of Evidence in the case, Army's Senior Counsel Brigadier (retd) Anil Shrivastava said, "since there is no stay on holding the summary of evidence, the Army can proceed with the required procedures in the case."


First Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 18:47

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