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‘Only 1% defence personnel involved in scams’

The three chief of India’s defence forces said corruptions cases involving defence personnel are few “black spots” and involve only a miniscule part of the forces.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2010 00:58 IST
Yogesh Joshi

The three chief of India’s defence forces said corruptions cases involving defence personnel are few “black spots” and involve only a miniscule part of the forces.

In a combined visit on Saturday to their alma mater —the National Defence Academy — air chief marshal PV Naik, navy chief admiral Nirmal Verma and chief of the army staff general VK Singh asked cadets not to get “influence by such things”.

The service chiefs were responding to a query on what message they would like to give to cadets on some of the ongoing developments in the Adarsh Society scam, which involved defence officers.

“My message is not to get too influenced by these things. Only 1% of the people are involved,” Naik said without mentioning the scam. Earlier this year, the defence forces were embroiled in the Sukna land scam case.

Most of the senior army officials along with senior politicians and bureaucrats were found in possession of flats in Adarsh society. The flats were meant for families of Kargil war heroes.

Naik said: “In every strata of human endeavour, little bugs are there. No one is perfect and neither is the military.”

Reacting to the issue Singh said: “Some people do deviate, but those are miniscule lot of our part.”

The Naval chief, however, asked the media not to generalise the issue saying, “There may be some aberrations, but it’s a request to the media not to portray it as a norm.”