Defence Minister AK Antony has said that Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor will take ‘some disciplinary and administrative action’ against the four Generals who were found to be involved in a land scam in Darjeeling by a court of inquiry, said media reports.
He was quoted as saying by PTI on the sidelines of a CII defence seminar that the report from the Army Chief in the regard reached the ministry only last night and it was still ‘too early’ for him to make a comment on the action to be initiated against the Generals.
“The defence ministry received a report from the Army chief that he is going to launch some disciplinary and administrative proceedings against some of his colleagues, who are involved in this inquiry. At this stage, it is too early on my part to comment on this,” he was quoted as saying.
The minister declined to be dragged into the issue any further, saying he was yet to go through the report and that since the information given by the Army Chief was only for the defence ministry, he could not make any remarks on that, the report said.
“This is an information only for the Defence Ministry. I told you, I got it yesterday night only.The recommendation is for the Ministry’s information only. I still have to examine it,” he was quoted as saying.
The Army chief has initiated disciplinary proceedings against former 33 Division Commander Lt Gen P K Rath.
He has also issued show cause notices to Military Secretary Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash, 11 Corps Commander Ramesh Halgali and Major General P Sen to take administrative action.