Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel in J-Ok face court docket martial for ‘embezzling’ Rs 58 lakh

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 10

Two Army officers are dealing with a abstract common court docket martial (SGCM) for alleged monetary misappropriation of over Rs 58 lakh whereas posted with an Electronics and Mechanical Engineers’ (EME) battalion within the northern sector.

One of the accused officers, a Colonel, was the battalion’s commanding officer whereas the opposite, a Lieutenant Colonel, was commanding one of many battalion’s subject workshop.

A joint trial, presided by Brig RD Sharma, Commander of an Armoured Brigade, has been convened, which is scheduled to start at Akhnoor on August 11, based on sources.

The irregularities got here to gentle in the course of the handing over — taking on course of on change of command. The matter was reported to larger authorities, following which a court docket of inquiry (COI) was ordered in 2017 to research the lapses. Both officers have been posted out inside just a few days of one another, sources stated. They have been later connected again, together with the unit’s Subedar Major, for disciplinary motion.

An EME battalion receives technical grants for upkeep and restore of autos and tools, together with IT {hardware} and paraphernalia. During the COI, it was introduced out that bookings for tools and work amounting to about Rs 40 lakh had been made by the Colonel in opposition to this grant whereas related books amounting to Rs 17 lakh had been made by the Lieutenant Colonel. The tools was not acquired within the battalion.

In addition, the Lieutenant Colonel has additionally been charged with siphoning Rs 1.86 lakh from the condiment allowance meant for troops, whereas the Colonel has been charged for failure of command and management for incapability on his half to detect and stop this.

Further, the officers have been additionally concerned in surreptitiously felling about 200 timber in unit space and promoting them. They are being tried beneath Sections 52(b) and Sector 63 of the Army Act for intent to defraud and acts prejudicial to good order and army self-discipline.

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