Sukna: Court’s jurisdiction in order, accused told
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 19:28
Guwahati: The prosecution on Thursday rejected Sukna land scam accused Lieutenant General (retired) Awadhesh Prakash's contention that the court conducting his court martial did not have the jurisdiction to do so.

The prosecution stated that the jurisdiction of the court and the constitution of its members were in order.

As per procedure of conducting a court martial, Prakash was given the opportunity to challenge the constitution of the court members who would try him.

This opportunity is given in case the accused has any objection to any of the members being a part of the court.

After the prosecution's reply the court was adjourned till July 2.

The general court martial proceedings against the retired army officer began on Monday at the 51 sub area army military station in Narengi on the outskirts of Guwahati.

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

Prakash was held guilty by a court of inquiry last year 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 rank and face a pension cut.

Apart from Prakash, Lieutenant General P K Rath, Lieutenant General Ramesh Halgali and Major General PK Sen were also found guilty of illegally giving land near Sukna cantonment in Siliguri in West Bengal to private builders.


First Published: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 19:28

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