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.
Stung by Sukna and Adarsh
scams, the Defence Ministry has decided that NOCs for construction on defence lands in
cantonments would be given only by it, snatching the right
from Cantonment Board Chief Executive Officers.
Lt Gen PK Rath, who was convicted in a land scam by a court martial Friday, is the fifth three-star army officer to have have faced such action. He is, however, the first serving lieutenant general to be convicted.
Observing that many skeletons can
tumble out if it starts digging into the matter, the Supreme
Court today dismissed Lt Gen (retd) Avadesh Prakash`s petition
challenging the Court of Inquiry (COI) ordered against him in
a land scam case.
The Army has charged Lt Gen PK
Rath with granting NOC to a private realtor with an "intent to defraud" even as his counsel has said the Court of Inquiry did not talk about any such intent during its probe in Sukna land scam case.