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Lt Gen Rath severely punished
Correspondent SHILLONG, JAN 22:
Published on 23 Jan. 2011 12:01 AM IST
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An army court today ordered two years of seniority loss as well as 15 years of services and strongly severely reprimanded Lt Gen, PK Rath after he was found guilty in Sukna land scam in West Bengal.
Lt Gen Rath, the designated deputy chief of army staff is the highest ranking serving officer to have found guilty for corruption in the history of the Indian army.
The General Court Martial proceeding, headed by Presiding officer Lt Gen IJ Singh, in 58 Gorkha Training Centre here was found guilty on three counts in the Sukna land scam case.
The three counts that the officer has been found guilty are: granting No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for construction at the piece of land near the Sukna headquarters, entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the builder, and failing to keep the Command Headquarters informed of any change in stance Lt Gen Rath was the 33 Corps Commander when a private developer, Dilip Agarwal, was granted no-objection certificates to develop a plot of land adjacent to the headquarters in Sukna.
Agarwal’s case was taken up by another top officer, then Military Secretary Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash.
Another senior general, Lt. Gen. Avadesh Prakash, who was the Military Secretary when General Deepak Kapoor was the army chief but is now retired, is also expected to face a court.martial in the same case.
The order for Prakash’s court martial was issued by Kapoor before his retirement in March 2010.
The Rs 300 crore scam had come to light, the army had ordered a court of inquiry, which held that Rath and Lt. gen Prakash, as also Lt. Gen. Ramesh Halgali and Maj. Gen. P.K. Sen were blameworthy. Lt. Gen. Halgali was Lt. Gen. Rath’s Chief of Staff at 33 Corps and Sen was the administrative head of the Sukna military station in Siliguri district of West Bengal.

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