Sukna scam: Rath`s family vows to `get justice`

Lieutenant General Prashant Kumar Rath has been convicted in an Army court martial in Sukna land case.

Last Updated: Jan 23, 2011, 14:37 PM IST

Shillong: A day after his conviction in an Army court martial in Sukna land case, the family of Lieutenant General Prashant Kumar Rath on Sunday vowed to stand by him and `ensure justice`.

"We will not rest till justice is done. We will stand by Rath and whatever we can do, we will do," Rath`s brother Pratap Kumar Rath said after the court pronounced the sentence.

Asked if he would challenge it in the Armed Forces Tribunal, Rath`s counsel Major SS Pandey said, "We will have see the verdict in detail first."

Prosecution counsel Raghavendra Jha, however, said the punishment given by the court was "too less".

"As per the Army Act, his (Rath`s) punishment should have been severe considering his service condition and his status as a Corps Commander," Jha said today.

The Army Court Martial yesterday had ordered a two-year seniority loss, 15 years of loss of service for pension and issued severe reprimand for former Deputy Chief of Army Staff-designate Lt Gen PK Rath for procedural lapses in Sukna land scam.

The court martial had found Lt Gen Rath`s action conveying NoC for the residential school adjacent to Sukna Military Station and entering into an MoU with the private party without taking approval from the Eastern Army Command headquarter was prejudicial to good order and military discipline.

PTI