Special Correspondent

Action initiated in cases of irregularities

NEW DELHI: At least three Army Generals are among several senior officers facing disciplinary proceedings for alleged financial irregularities, said sources in the Army Headquarters here.

In the case of one General and other senior level officers, the probe is being conducted under the supervision of the Deputy Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General G.D. Singh, as the Army suspects he managed to escape censure earlier due to infirmities on the part of prosecuting officials. "Certain aspects of legal formalities that need to be complied with are being complied with," said the sources.

Another General, currently posted in Bangalore, along with senior officers is facing disciplinary proceedings at Delhi after a probe indicted him for involvement in supplying substandard food material to soldiers.

Action is also being taken against Army laboratories for clearing the edibles. Subsequent tests found them inedible for human consumption. The third General will shortly be arraigned for irregularities in a contract for extracting and transporting loose earth, said the sources.

"These instances show that we always crack down on offenders," said a senior official. In the Tehelka expose, a Major General was sentenced to one year rigorous imprisonment (RI) and cashiered, while a Brigadier was also sentenced to two years RI and cashiered for accepting bribes from a decoy.

The sentencing by Army courts took place even as civilians and politicians were still being booked by the police and investigating agencies. The Army also initiated action against seven Brigadiers and three Major Generals, among other Army officers, for separate cases of financial irregularities, he added. However, some of them have obtained stays from High Courts and the Army is contesting the stays.