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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Land ScamAntony orders court martial of Lt GenAjay BanerjeeTribune:Veteran Prabhjot Singh PLS Retd.

Land ScamAntony orders court martial of
Lt GenAjay BanerjeeTribune News Service
New Delhi, January 27Virtually cracking the whip and
differing from the opinion of the Indian Army chief,
Defence Minister AK Antony today recommended that
court martial proceedings be initiated against military
secretary Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash.
Army chief Gen Deepak Kapoor had recommended only
a milder “administrative action” against Lt Gen
Prakash and two others, Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali and
Major-Gen P Sen, while he okayed disciplinary
proceedings against Lt Gen PK Rath in what is now
known as the “Darjeeling land scam”. Administrative
action is a mild reprimand when compared with
disciplinary proceedings, which can lead up to a court
The advice of the Defence Minister had reached the
Army chief this evening, sources said while confirming
the developments. Such an advice coming from the
Defence Minister was unprecedented. The onus is now on
the Army chief to take action. Sources said the Army
chief is “unlikely to differ on the Defence Minister’s advice”
and it was likely that General Prakash will not escape
Last week, Adjutant-General Lt Gen Mukesh Sabharwal
acting on the advice of the Army chief issued notices for
taking administrative action against Military Secretary
General Prakash and others. General Prakash, who is to
retire on January 31, has replied to the notice, sources
said today.
Last week, Antony had questioned the Army chief as to why
different yardsticks were applied in deciding the nature
of action against four senior Generals. The court of inquiry
ordered by the Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen VK Singh
had indicted two officers, including General Prakash, for
their role in issuing a no-objection certificate to a private
establishment that falsely claimed to be establishing an
affiliate of the well known Ajmer-based Mayo College on
land adjacent to the Sukna military station in Darjeeling
On Saturday, General Kapoor had explained to the defence
ministry why he wanted only an administrative action
against Prakash while the COI ordered by General VK Singh
had wanted General Prakash be sacked. The Army chief ’s
ruling given on January 11 was in contrast to the
recommendation of the COI and that had prompted Antony
to seek a reply.
The Defence Minister had reportedly asked General Kapoor
as to what was the basis to take disciplinary action against
only one of the four senior Generals who were facing a probe.
Lt Gen Rath, is his earlier capacity as commander of the 33
corps at Darjeeling, had a major role in of signing of a
memorandum of understanding with a private realtor for a
70-acre plot adjacent to the military station near Darjeeling.
Rath during the court of inquiry had blamed the military
secretary for putting pressure on him to allow the MoU.
Veteran Prbahjot Singh Chhatwal PLS Retd.
Mob:098554-09128 Telefax:0175-5000896.

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