8ak - Indian Defence News: 41 army officers face action for selling arms illegally 8ak: Indian defence Minister A.K. Antony has informed Rajya Sabha that administrative action has been initiated against 41 Army officers for allegedly selling non-service pattern (NSP) weapons in the black market in the border districts of Rajasthan. The list of defaulters, which included one junior commissioned officer and four retired officers of the rank of a Maj General and Brigadier was provided by the District Collector of Sriganganagar to the concerned authorities. Officers can buy prohibited weapons, such as 9 mm pistols or .30 bolt action rifles, from ordnance factories at cheap prices for personal use. These are called NSP weapons. As an interim measure, the officers have been asked to deposit their weapons back with Chairman Ordnance Depot (COD) Jabalpur. The image of the Indian Army has taken a beating in the recent past, due to increasing corruption in the armed forces. Recently, four top generals, which included the 33 Corps commander and the military secretary (MS) were found to be guilty in the preliminary findings of the Court of Inquiry (CoI) in a land scam near Sukna military base. Adding insult to the battered image of the Army, has been the open outburst of Lt Gen P.K. Rath’s brother against the army chief General Deepak Kapoor, wherein, he has said that the chief was well aware of the developments, which were taking place pertaining to the land.