Court martialed ex-army gen arrested

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  1. Someoneforyou

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    Jalandhar, February 19, 2011

    Army authorities at the 11 Corps have put a former top general under formal arrest after he was convicted of professional misconduct and sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment by a general court martial (GCM) in a multi-million ration scam in this cantonment city on Friday. Ex- Lt Gen SK Sahni, who had been under custody of the army authorities ever since the GCM started against him August last year in Jalandhar, is one of the highest ranking army officer to be sentenced and arrested.

    The former top general was also cashiered by the GCM which held him guilty on six counts of professional impropriety, intent to defraud (the army) and acts prejudicial to military discipline.

    The GCM's order of cashiering would mean stopping of retirement benefits, including pension and gratuity, to him.

    Sahni, who retired in 2006 and was facing corruption charges and allegations of gross irregularities in the ration scam that hit the army in 2005, was the senior most army officer to be facing a GCM.

    The GCM was headed by another Lt Gen ranked officer, Jatinder Singh.

    Sahin, who was from the Army Service Corps (ASC) and served as Director-General for supplies and transport, was indicted by a probe by the army authorities for allegedly supplying sub-standard meat and dry rations to troops stationed at high altitude areas, including the highest battle-field in the world, at Siachen glacier.

    The officer has been accused of allowing the purchase of expired rations for troops during his tenure as Director-General of the ASC. He was also accused of reversing the tendering process for procurement of pulses, over-looking recommendations of stock sampling, failing to ensure timely completion of supply contracts and over-looking other procedural formalities.

    The ex-general was under virtual house arrest since August last year. He had got himself admitted to the military hospital here soon after the GCM commenced against him and he was taken into custody.

    He was attached with the 11 Corps here after a court of inquiry (CoI) found him guilty of the charges leveled against him.

    Sahni had pleaded not guity of the charges levelled against him. His case went through legal wranglings owing to pleas filed by him in the Delhi High Court and the Armed Forces Tribunal earlier.

    Sahni's conviction and sentencing comes just weeks after another top Army officer, Lt Gen PK Rath, was convicted in a land scam by a court martial last month.

    Rath became the first serving lieutenant general to be convicted. He became the fifth three-star army officer to have have faced such action.

    Rath, the former 33 Corps Commander, was found guilty on three counts in a scam in which a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) was issued to a private realtor to transfer a 70-acre plot of land adjacent to the Sukna military station in West Bengal's Siliguri district.

    Along with Rath, former Military Secretary Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash too is facing charges of fraud in the Sukna land scam and his court martial will be convened soon.

    Apart from these two senior three-star officers, two lieutenant generals of the Army Service Corps (ASC) - SK Dahiya and SK Sahni - were indicted in two separate cases involving irregularities in the procurement of frozen meat for troops posted in Ladakah and discrepancies in procurement of dry rations.

    Lt Gen Dahiya, who was found guilty of irregularities in procurement of frozen meat for troops in Jammu and Kashmir, had to retire from service after the army's Northern Commander awarded him a recordable censure.



    Source: Indo-Asian News Service
     
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    Good riddance of bad rubbish.

    I wish that such quick justice was equally applicable to politicians and bureaucrats!
     
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    First general to go to jail (on scam charges)

    First general to go to jail

    Jalandhar, Feb. 19 (PTI): The fate of retired Lt Gen. S.K. Sahni, the first officer of the rank of general to be cashiered and awarded a prison term, will now be decided by the army chief.

    Sahni was yesterday sentenced to three years’ rigorous imprisonment and cashiered from service for irregularities in procurement of rations for troops in Jammu and Kashmir.

    The 65-year-old, who was in the Army Service Corps, was found guilty of procuring sub-standard meat and dry rations for troops deployed on the Siachen and other high-altitude areas in 2005.

    Sahni, since he has retired, cannot be sacked but could lose monetary benefits such as his pension and gratuity, besides his rank, medals and stars.

    The general court martial report will now go to the army chief for confirmation and after that to the defence minister.

    If they confirm the conviction and sentence, Sahni will be allowed to approach the Armed Forces Tribunal in Chandigarh for relief and may be the Supreme Court later.

    In January, Lt Gen. P.K. Rath faced severe reprimand and 15 years of his pension benefits were withdrawn by a general court martial after he was found guilty in a land scam in Sukna, north Bengal.

    Yesterday, the general court martial headed by Lt Gen. Jatinder Pal Singh held Sahni guilty in six of nine charges framed against him.

    Sahni had retired in 2006.

    Sahni has been under arrest for the past seven months since the trial started.

    His plea for bail has been rejected.

    A report by the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) that brought to light the ration scam had paved way for action against Sahni.

    The report had revealed that soldiers were supplied wheat, rice, pulses and edible oil past their expiry date. The auditor had also found a lack of competition in filing of tenders for the purchase of ration.

    The CAG report had pointed out that a single vendor had been bagging contracts for more than 36 per cent of the purchases. It also said that about-to-expire food items were bought at cheaper rates by contractors and then supplied to army units.

    Another lieutenant general, S.K. Dahiya, was also indicted on corruption charges by an army court of inquiry. But only administrative action was taken against him.

    Lieutenant general A.K. Nanda was accused of misbehaving with his technical secretary’s wife. A court of inquiry had recommended that the army “censure” him.
     
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    He and Dahiya should have been court martialled long ago.

    It is because Sahni had gone to Court, the whole proceedings got delayed.

    Disgraceful elements.
     

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