Sukna land scam: Former army officer found guilty of misusing his position

The Army yesterday completed court martial proceedings against Lt. Gen. Avadesh Prakash and he has been indicted for misusing his position.

FP Staff December 03, 2011 11:44:37 IST

Former military secretary Lieutenant General Avadesh Prakash was found guilty on three counts in the Sukna land scam case by an army court today.

The case dates back to 2008 and involves the transfer of land next to the Army's 33 Corps Headquarters in Siliguri, West Bengal, to a real-estate developer.

The Army yesterday completed court martial proceedings against the Lt Gen Prakash and he has been indicted for misusing his position, to influence officers to transfer 71 acres of land adjacent to Sukna military station in West Bengal to the developer.

Sukna land scam Former army officer found guilty of misusing his position

Former Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor initiated a court martial against Prakash under pressure from the defence ministry. Reuters

He is the senior-most Indian Army officer ever to face a court martial.

The scam came to light in 2008 when the move to transfer the land to a private educational trust in West Bengal's Siliguri district was revealed. The revelations led to an enquiry into the role of senior army officials, including Prakash and Rath and disciplinary proceedings against them.

Defence Minister AK Antony had intervened and ordered Prakash's court-martial, even though former army chief Deepak Kapoor wanted to let off Avadesh Prakash with just administrative action.

Earlier in January this year, the army punished another senior officer and former 33 Corps Commander Lt. Gen. PK Rath in the same case. The punishment to him was a loss of seniority and of a part of his pension.

Incidentally, Avadesh Prakash and PK Rath had been indicted by the army's court of inquiry last year.

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