Monday, May 10, 2010

ASC: Collusion of Contractors and Politicians to stall Promotion

Courtesy: Headlines Today
Army man in Bhajan Lal line of fire
Shiv Aroor and Manaman Singh Chhina
New Delhi/Chandigarh, May 10, 2010
A serving major-general of the Indian Army has been accused of severe irregularities. While scams and controversies are nothing unusual for the army, it's the identity of the complainant that has raised several eyebrows this time - Bhajan Lal, the former chief minister of Haryana who is currently a Lok Sabha MP from Hisar.

Lal has ended his letter saying, "Major-General Mohey's promotion should be held back so as to stop corrupt officials from reaching the highest echelon of any service. "This statement has more or less convinced the army that vested interests within the service - Mohey's course mates, for example - may be at work. The authorities suspect they may have colluded with the contractor - who supplies the ration - to convince Lal. The motive could be to end his chances of being promoted as a Lieutenant-General, or a potential future appointment as the Director General Supply & Transport (DGST), the highest appointment for any Army Service Corps officer.

Using political or bureaucratic contacts to make or break career prospects isn't new in the armed forces. But till an inquiry verifies the truth, the allegations made by Lal cannot be ignored by the Indian Army.
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Army man in Bhajan Lal line of fire

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