New Delhi: The Armed Forces Tribunal
on Tuesday stayed the disciplinary proceedings against a Colonel
indicted by an Army Court of Inquiry (COI) for producing false
transportation bills to the tune of Rs 50 lakhs.
"The Tribunal has directed us not to proceed further
with the Summary of Evidence (SOE) proceedings in the case
against Colonel Sanjay Jethi till the next date of hearing,"
Army`s Senior Counsel Brigadier Anil Shrivastava said.
Before the next hearing in August, both parties have
to furnish additional documents.
After being indicted by a COI, the Army was moving
ahead with the disciplinary proceedings by holding the SOE
against the accused officer.
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.
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," Army sources said citing the CoI report.
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, who refuted the charges, has approached the
Tribunal against the CoI.