In a sensational development in the Sukna land scam case, private realtor Dileep Agarwal has written a letter to the Army, blaming Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali for issuing No Objection Certificates for construction on a piece of land adjacent to the military station.
However, the General Court Martial in the case has refused to take cognisance of the letter which was received by it on Monday evening, as the Army has already taken action against him. Halgali is at present holding the charge of the Director General of Military Training at the Army headquarters in New Delhi.
The letter claims that Lt Gen P K Rath, who is facing court martial in the Sukna case, was not responsible for the land transaction and puts onus on Halgali, the then deputy of Rath and a Major General, for it.
Attached with the letter is an air-ticket to Bangalore on which Agarwal purportedly attended the wedding of Halgali”s daughter.
Rath, the former 33 Corps Commander is facing court martial for granting no-objection certificates to private realtors at a 70-acre plot adjacent to the Sukna Military Station for building educational institutions.
He is facing several charges under the Army Act, including ”intent to defraud” and violation of the ”good order military discipline”.
Defence counsel S S Pandey, in his closing address yesterday before the letter was received, had said “Prosecution Witness 7 (Halgali) closely monitored and supervised the preparation of the MoU entered into with the private parties. He (Halgali) should be sitting where the accused (Rath) is sitting today… He was most intimately involved with the private parties.”
Pandey said Halgali was the person who had fixed the meeting between the Army officers and the private parties.
He also questioned why Agarwal was not allowed to be examined as the entire “spectrum revolved around him.”
Alleging that the prosecution has not presented their case fairly and impartially, the defence said some crucial documents were not produced before the court. “The prosecution has not been able to prove the fact that the alleged acts or omission can be characterised as criminal offences to justify any trial.”
-via MSN India