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Court seeks Centre, state response on gun-running

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre, Rajasthan government and four others to respond to a petition seeking a CBI probe into the gun-running scandal in the state, reports Satya Prakash.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2007 02:13 IST
Satya Prakash

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre, Rajasthan government and four others to respond to a petition seeking a CBI probe into the gun-running scandal in the state. The racket allegedly involves army and state government officials.

A bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan issued notices to the Union Ministries of Home and Defence, the Rajasthan government, the state DGP, collector and Ganganagar SP, asking them to file their replies to the PIL filed by advocate Arvind Kumar Sharma.

Sharma has alleged "prohibited/non-service pattern bore-weapons obtained from army personnel through the Central Ordnance Depot, Jabalpur, were being sold to the general public and persons with criminal backgrounds, in violation of the rules and provisions of the Arms Act, 1959. He has also sought a direction to the Home Ministry and Rajasthan government to cancel all such arms licences forthwith and initiate criminal action against those allegedly involved in the scandal.

HT had first reported on September 5 that army officers were selling personal weapons in the grey market with the help of a cartel of ammunition dealers in two border districts of Rajasthan. According to a state government probe, at least 48 army weapons were sold through dealers in Bikaner and Sriganganagar districts over the past four years. Reacting to the HT report, the army on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the alleged sale of NSP weapons. It admitted it received a communication from the Rajasthan government in this regard. The state police have already tracked down the buyers of 71 such weapons.