Chief Gen Kapoor Says Army Will Act in Land Scam

In connection with the Darjeeling land scam, Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor has said that the top priority is now to dispense justice but a CBI inquiry could also follow into the role of the land developer whose association with a top General came under the scanner, said reports.

In response to a query at press conference on the eve of Army Day, he said that the Army would ‘look into the aspect’ of involving the CBI to investigate the role of the land developer, reported ‘Indian Express’.

It may be mentioned that it was found during an army probe into NOCs for transfer of 71 acres near the 33 Corps headquarters that Dilip Agarwal, the land developer, had close links with Lt Gen Avadhesh Prakash, Military Secretary, who has been charged in the case.

Admitting that such cases ‘dent the image of the Army’, Gen Kapoor maintained that these should be seen as ‘aberrations’ that need to be corrected ‘so that the image of the Army is maintained’.

The army chief said that ‘expeditious and judicious’ action would be initiated against officers found guilty, said report.

“It is part of my responsibility to dispense justice which is fair, is just and based on the facts, takes into account the culpability of the individuals involved and, lastly, justice that is not swayed by extraneous considerations – be it personal bias, media pressure or any other aspect,” he was quoted as saying.

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