NEW DELHI: A former Brigadier, who was dismissed from the Army for illegal sale of canteen liquor, will not have to undergo imprisonment, as the Armed Forces Tribunal today set aside the Court Martial order saying the punishment was “too harsh“.

The Tribunal, however, upheld R. P. Singh's dismissal from service and said that this punishment was sufficient.

A General Court Martial (GCM) had ordered “cashiering and rigorous imprisonment for nine months” for Singh, former Brigadier, in December 2003 on seven charges including for his role in selling illegal liquor as Commander of the Delhi-based 35 Infantry Brigade.

Tribunal's Principal Bench said, “Nine months rigorous imprisonment will be too harsh, therefore, we modify the sentence to this extent and maintain the order of dismissal awarded by the Court Martial.”- PTI