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Three Indian army Generals indicted in land corruption scandal:Inquiry report
NEW DELHI, Dec. 1 (APP) According to the Army Court of Inquiry (COI) conducted by Tezpur-based 4 Corps Commander Lt Gen K T Parnaik into a land scam, three Indian Army Generals have indicted in one of the biggest corruption scandals involving 70 acres of land in Darjeeling (North Bengal).An army inquiry has unearthed that the three Generals colluded to lease this land to a group of businessmen for a project worth 290 crore in Darjeeling, media reports said.
They were involved role in issuing a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to a private education trust that falsely claimed to be establishing an affiliate of the famed Ajmer-based Mayo College.
The Army had initially refused an NOC for selling the land adjacent to the Sukna military station in North Bengal but the decision was reportedly reversed by the senior officers.
The Indian Defence Minister A K Antony had ordered inquiry into the scam.
The Government after receiving the inquiry report from the Eastern Command can order court martial for one or two Generals.
Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash has been named as the biggest partner in the corruption as his name was found in the brochure of Dilip Aggarwal Geetanjali Education Trust, which had bought the land by misusing the No Objection Certificate for building a college.
The education trust had stated that Lt Gen Prakash would join the trust as a director soon after his retirement.
Lt. Gen. Prakash, had served in the West Bengal about four years ago before taking over as the Military secretary at the Army headquarters.
He had lobbied for the private institution, apart from meeting its officials at his official residence in Delhi.
Prakash then pressured the then-Commander of the 33 Corps, Lieutenant General PK Rath to approve the 70-acre land deal which was owned by the army.
According to inquiry report Lt. Gen. Rath has confessed to having taken the decision at Gen. Prakashís behest. Prakash, who was in-charge of promotions at the HQ, promised Rath a plum posting there.
Apart from the two senior Lt Gens, 11 Corps Commander Lt Gen Ramesh Halgaliís name was also unearthed who did not give correct advice in this land deal.
Lt. Gen. Prakash is one of the top eight Generals in the Indian Army headquarters acting as advisor to Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor and is responsible for promotions and postings of officers.