Sukhna land scam: Lt Gen Prakash found guilty
3 Dec 2011, 1119 hrs IST, TIMES NOW
Lt Gen Avdesh Prakash was on Saturday (December 3) found guilty in the Sukhna land scam case. The LT Gen was found guilty in 3 of 4 charges in the case, including misuse of his official position. The court martial was held in Guwahati yesterday and was presided over by Lt Gen Philip Campos.
The quantum of punishment against Prakash will be announced later today.
Earlier this year, Army punished another senior officer and former 33 Corps Commander Lt Gen PK Rath who also played a role in the Sukhna land scam. Rath was awarded demoted as punishment and his pension was also cut.
Both Avadesh Prakash and Rath had been earlier indicted by a court of inquiry constituted by the Army in 2010.
The Sukhna land scam was exposed in 2008 when a move to transfer land in West Bengal's Siliguri district to a private educational trust was brought to light by the media. Following the expose the Army initiated disciplinary proceedings against all senior Army officials involved.
Lt Gen Prakash found guilty
Sukna scam: Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash guilty, dismissed from service
Published: Saturday, Dec 3, 2011, 11:03 IST | Updated: Saturday, Dec 3, 2011, 12:46 IST
Place: GUWAHATI | Agency: PTI
Former Military Secretary Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash was today found guilty on three counts by an Army court here in the Sukna land scam case following which he was dismissed from service.
The dismissal means he will not be entitled to any benefits like pension.
However, the court gave Lt Gen Prakash, the senior-most Army officer to face court martial, benefit of doubt on the fourth count of committing a civil offence.
61-year-old Prakash was held guilty of misusing his position under the Army Act section 45 (conduct unbecoming of his position as an officer) and section 52 (intent to defraud) by the General Court Martial at the 51 sub area of the army station at Narengi.
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