21 top military officers facing graft charges
Offences of these top level officers range from irregularities in procurement of dry rations to financial misappropriation.india Updated: Nov 29, 2006 16:25 IST
Instances of corruption are on the rise in the armed forces with statistics revealing that as many as 21 top level officers, including two Lieutenant Generals, have been chargesheeted over the past two years.
Offences range from irregularities in procurement of dry rations and frozen meat contracts, liquor bootlegging to financial misappropriation.
The dishonour roll list includes four Major Generals, a DIG rank officer of the Coast Guard, nine Brigadiers, one Naval Commodore, an IAF Group Captain and a Naval Commander and a Lt Commander.
According to a list placed before Parliament in response to a written question, Lt Gen (Retd) SK Sahni has been indicted by a court of inquiry for irregularities in procurement of dry rations.
Along with Sahni, others indicted include Major General BPS Mander, Brig SK Handa, Brig PS Gill and six other junior officers.
Western Army Commander has directed disciplinary action against Sahni, Brig Handa, Brig Gill and three others and administrative action against Maj Gen Mander and three other officers.
However, Sahni has moved the court against the sentence that has restrained the government from taking any action against the officer till disposal of his writ petition.