An Army Court of Inquiry (CoI) has pointed fingers at Major General R K Hooda’s role in allowing a private company to build apartments on the Defence land in Mumbai’s Kandivili area. The officer was heading the Mumbai area of the Army’s Southern Command when nearly 5,000 square metres of land adjacent to the Central Ordnance Depot (COD), Malad, was allotted to Neo Pharma Ltd, belonging to Kalpataru Builders Group in 2007.
The COD and the Defence Estate Officer had objected to this transfer, claiming it was Defence land. But Southern Command gave a go ahead to Neo Pharma to develop the plot. The Army headquarter was asked by the Ministry of Defence to investigate the case through a CoI or any other means to find out how the land was given to a private company.
It is now learnt that Major General Hooda has been indicted by the CoI. Hooda has also been named in another probe on the Adarsh Housing Society scam of Colaba.
-via Indian Express