CBI asked to probe Army gen­er­als for graft

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The de­fence min­istry has asked the coun­try’s top in­ves­ti­ga­tion agency to probe two serv­ing ma­jor gen­er­als, who are fac­ing al­le­ga­tions of pos­sess­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets, govern­ment sources said on Thurs­day. The Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) has not or­dered a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter yet.

Both of­fi­cers un­der the scan­ner were con­ferred the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal last year for their dis­tin­guished ser­vices. The name of one of the gen­er­als had come to light last year amid al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion in a pro­mo­tion-re­lated mat­ter — from ma­jor gen­eral to lieu­tenant gen­eral. He was then posted in Kolkata. The al­le­ga­tions of im­pro­pri­ety led to the de­fence min­istry red-flag­ging the pro­mo­tion of cer­tain of­fi­cers.

Spec­u­la­tion was rife last Septem­ber about the role of a serv­ing lieu­tenant gen­eral (now re­tired) in the pro­mo­tion-re­lated mat­ter but the army scotched the “ru­mours” about the of­fi­cer land­ing in trou­ble over cor­rup­tion charges, say­ing there was noth­ing against him.

The other of­fi­cer whose case has been re­ferred to the CBI is posted in army head­quar­ters. It is learnt that de­fence min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar had him­self looked into the mat­ter be­fore re­fer­ring it to the CBI.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, a spe­cial pro­mo­tion board had last year con­sid­ered 33 ma­jor gen­er­als for three va­can­cies in the rank of lieu­tenant gen­eral and a set of names were cleared and sent to the min­istry. How­ever, Par­rikar ex­am­ined the mat­ter af­ter a string of com­plaints sur­faced against cer­tain of­fi­cers.

Quot­ing sources, the PTI re­ported that one of the two of­fi­cers whose case has been re­ferred to the CBI had faced a probe some years ago over al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion in a pro­ject un­der­taken by the Bor­der Roads Or­gan­i­sa­tion. The re­port said CBI did not find enough proof for crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion and the case fell in the am­bit of dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dure guide­lines.

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