SC unhappy with Centre and Rajasthan in illegal arms case

The Supreme Court on Friday expressed its displeasure against the Centre and Rajasthan government over their approach towards taking action against army and civilian officers allegedly involved in illegal sale of arms.

Last Updated: Jul 30, 2010, 22:03 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday expressed
its displeasure against the Centre and Rajasthan government
over their approach towards taking action against army and
civilian officers allegedly involved in illegal sale of arms
and issuance of licences to dubious persons.

"It is a serious matter and we have to take it to the
logical conclusion," a Bench comprising Justices B Sudershan
Reddy and S S Nijjar said.
The Bench also expressed its unhappines over the status
reports filed by the Ministry of Defence and the state
government in which they had puportedly stated administrative
action has been taken against the erring officers, both
retired and serving.

It directed the state government to place before it the
report of the probe conducted by its anti-corruption bureau in
July 2007 within three weeks.

The apex court had on March 29 directed the Centre and
Rajasthan government to file status reports on the action
taken against army and civilian officers allegedly involved in
case.

The PIL filed by advocate Arvind Kumar Sharma had sought
an inquiry either by CBI or a former judge of the Supreme
Court as the alleged racket in sale of arms and issuance of
license impinged on national security.

According to the PIL, the scam came to light in 2007
after the authorities in Rajasthan`s Ganganagar district
noticed that several licenses were issued to dubious persons,
including terrorists, smugglers, rowdy elements by local
authorities without verification.
Subsequent investigations by the government revealed a
larger racket in which several army officials, including some
holding the rank of major generals, IAS officers and those
belonging to Rajasthan State Service, were allegedly involved
in the sale of arms to dubious elements.

PTI