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Army orders action against 10 officers

Disciplinary action, which could lead to dismissal from service, has been ordered against a lieutenant general and five other officers.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2006 21:03 IST

The Army on Tuesday ordered action against 10 officers, including a lieutenant general and a major general, for irregularities in the purchase of provisions.

Disciplinary action, which could lead to dismissal from service, has been ordered against a lieutenant general and five other officers who have been charged with irregularities in the purchase of mutton, an official statement said.

Administrative action, which could lead to a reduction in rank, has been ordered against a major general and three more officers accused of corruption in the purchase of lentils and other foodgrain, the statement said.

The summary of evidence will now be recorded in each of the 10 cases, after which the quantum of punishment will be decided.

"The court of inquiry investigating into alleged irregularities in the procurement of certain items of dry rations has now been finalised and some omissions/lapses in the functioning and discharge of duties by various functionaries have come to light," the statement said.

"As per the ethos of the army, to ensure that justice is met and no misdemeanour goes unpunished, the competent authority (General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command) has directed disciplinary action against one general officer and five more officers and administrative action against one general officer and three more officers.

"The disciplinary/administrative action as directed will be shortly initiated against the indicted officers," the statement added.