Congress on Monday virtually questioned the continuance of former Army chief Gen V K Singh as Union minister in the wake of the Armed Forces Tribunal making some carping comments against him in the Sukna land scam case.
The verdict by Armed Forces Tribunal dismissing court martial charges against former commander PK Rath in Sukna land case raises the larger question of the need for reviewing the legal procedure in the armed forces, according to his lawyer.
Former Army commander PK Rath, who was given a clean chit by Armed Forces Tribunal in the Sukna land scam on Saturday said the verdict has vindicated his stand while ex-army chief VK Singh demanded that the government should go for appeal against the military panel's judgement.
A military tribunal on Friday quashed the court martial of former 33 Corps Commander Lt Gen P K Rath in the Sukna land scam and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on Army for "loss of honour" in the case in which he became the first serving three-star rank officer to face disciplinary action.
Lt Gen PK Rath has been charged with incorrectly issuing a no-objection certificate to a private realtor to construct an educational institution on a 70-acre plot adjacent to the Sukna military station in Darjeeling district.
Indicted by a Court of Inquiry (CoI) in Sukna land scam, former Military Secretary (MS) Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash will face four charges in the General
Court Martial (GCM) which will begin next month in Leimakhong in Manipur.