Friday, October 21, 2011

SC upholds imprisonment of corrupt army officer

SC upholds imprisonment of corrupt army officer by Abraham Thomas.
Falling standards of integrity and character among the higher ranks of armed forces has got a worried Supreme Court to suggest that officers in uniform found guilty of acts of moral turpitude should not be retained in service.

The occasion for the court to raise the bar of punishment arose in a case where an Army Major defrauded the force by raising a fictitious bill of `77,692, which was later utilised for his personal use. A General Court Martial held the officer Rabinder Singh guilty. He was sacked from service on the charge of “intent to defraud” the Army and further sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment of one year.
The decision has come at a time when several serving senior Army officials are facing probe for committing serious irregularities that led to personal monetary gain or caused wrongful loss to the government. The order of the Court may severely hit the fate of the accused Army officials involved in the Sukna Land Scam and the Adarsh Housing Society scam, where Court of Inquiry proceedings are separately on against three Generals, a Lieutenant General and Major General
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