AFT to look at position of main normal in case of irregularities in development works

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12

The Armed Forces Tribunal will look into the position of a serious normal in ordering a courtroom of inquiry into allegations of irregularities by a colonel and a lieutenant colonel in award of development contracts at a time when he was himself chargeable for finalisation of the contracts.

Taking up the petition filed by the colonel, the Tribunal has directed that the courtroom of inquiry proceedings be held in abeyance until additional orders because the bench needed to fulfill itself with regard to the position of the foremost normal in the whole matter. He was then serving as a brigadier with 11 Corps. The Army has maintained that every one associated proceedings have been initiated on the instructions of the Corps Commander.

The petitioner was commanding an engineer regiment at Ambala when a number of development jobs have been allotted to his unit as emergency works for offering complete safety cowl because of the enhanced safety menace to numerous garrisons in 2018.

The allegation in opposition to him was that overpayments have been made to the distributors and contractors who had provided the required supplies for finishing up the security-related development works.

He has averred that the position of his unit, which had simply moved to the situation, was restricted to the execution of the development works after receiving the mandatory supplies which have been required to be sanctioned and procured by way of a duly laid down course of for which the approving authority was the brigadier. Neither he nor any officer within the unit was accountable in any method for choosing the distributors and procuring the fabric.

While the petitioner has not disputed that overpayment was made and thereafter the surplus quantity was deposited in authorities account by the distributors as quickly because the irregularity was detected, he has contended that the brigadier had compelled his unit to finish the work with out ready for the report of the Emergency Empowered Committee (EEC) which was convened by 11 Corps itself.

He has identified that the courtroom of inquiry’s convening order was issued by way of the General Staff Branch, beneath the signature of the identical brigadier (now main normal) who himself was concerned within the planning and execution of the works, whereas beneath the related Army rules it ought to have come from the Adjutant General’s Branch.

He has additional acknowledged within the petition that the unique Request for Proposal (RFP) was ready and uploaded with due approval of the brigadier after 11 Corps repeatedly instructed him to submit the identical for approval with out ready for the EEC report. Had the proper process and sequence of motion as offered for been adopted there wouldn’t have been any want to organize an amended RFP, which couldn’t be uploaded, and thereby wouldn’t have brought on confusion, it was mentioned.

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