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Sukhna accused challenges jurisdiction of court

Sukhna land scam accused Lt Gen (Retired) Awadesh Prasad challenged the jurisdiction of the court conducting his court martial.



Guwahati: Sukhna land scam accused Lt Gen
(Retired) Awadesh Prasad on Tuesday challenged the jurisdiction of
the court conducting his court martial.

As soon as the court met in the afternoon for the
trial, the defence (Prasad) put up the petition challenging
the constitution of the court`s members to conduct the court
martial.

The prosecution said reply would be given on June 30
and adjourned the court until that date.

As per the procedure of conducting court martial,
Prasad was given the opportunity to challenge the constitution
of the court members who would be trying him.
The general court martial proceedings against retired
Lt Gen Prakash began yesterday in the 51 sub area army
military station at Narengi amid tight security.

According to army sources here, several hearings will
be conducted in the general court martial, the first held in
the military station and the final verdict was expected to
take some time.

Prakash was held guilty by the court of inquiry last
year and prior to his retirement on January 31, 2010, his
court martial orders were given following the intervention of
Defence Minister A K Antony.
Prakash, who was the military secretary in former Army
Chief Deepak Kumar`s office, could lose his rank and face a
pension cut under severe reprimand.

Apart from Prakash, Lt Gen P K Rath, Lt Gen Ramesh
Halgali and Major Gen P K Sen were also found guilty of
illegally alloting land near Sukhna cantonment to private
builders.

During his court martial, Rath was seriously
reprimanded and lost two years seniority besides 15 years
pension cut.

PTI

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