Darjeeling land scam: Army says will analyse probe report

The Army on Wednesday said it had received the report of a probe committee that has reportedly recommended disciplinary action against four General-ranking officers in connection with Darjeeling land scam case and would analyse it.

New Delhi: The Army on Wednesday said it had received
the report of a probe committee that has reportedly
recommended disciplinary action against four General-ranking
officers in connection with Darjeeling land scam case and
would analyse it.

"The Court of Inquiry has been completed and received by
Army HQ today," an Army spokesman said in a statement about
the case in which Lt General Avadesh Prakash, Lt Gen P K Rath,
Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali and Major Gen P C Sen are under a
scanner for issuing a No-Objection Certificate for sale of a
plot of land near the Sukna Army Station.

"The proceedings of the inquiry will now be analysed as
per the existing Standard Operating Procedures in accordance
with the military law," the spokesman said without giving
details of the recommendations in the report.

The spokesman noted that "the Army is amongst the few
organisations which is very sensitive to any irregularities
and have proactively sought immediate and timely action
against those indulging in any wrongs."

Reports suggest that the Court of Inquiry has recommended
"termination of services" of Prakash, Military Secretary at
the Army headquarters "for unduly influencing" the transfer of
the civilian land adjacent to Sukhna military station to a
private institution.

It also reportedly recommended court martial proceedings
against Rath, Deputy Chief of Staff designate and Sen, under
whose tenure at 33 Corps headquarters in Sukhna the land fraud
took place with NoC being issued to a company which falsely
claimed to start an affiliate of Ajmer-based Mayo College in
the 70-acre land, sources said.

PTI

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