Army chief rescues ‘drunk’ officials from minister’s ire

May 1st, 2008 - 8:15 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor was forced to intervene after an accident involving minister of state for defence (production) Rao Inderjit Singh’s car and an army vehicle snow-balled into a minor crisis here. “The driver of the minister’s vehicle Wednesday jumped a traffic signal and hit another army vehicle carrying a colonel, a lieutenant colonel and two majors in Delhi Cantonment. A verbal altercation ensued and the driver rang up Rao Inderjit Singh,” an army official said Thursday.

The driver, belonging to the transport unit, complained to Singh about the “unruly behaviour” of the senior army officials, who were in civil dress, and said they were threatening him.

“When Singh talked to the officials they refused to recognize him and the minister had to ring up Gen. Kapoor complaining that the senior officials were drunk and creating a ruckus,” the army official said.

Gen. Kapoor immediately deputed the Delhi area commander to take stock of the situation. The senior officials were taken to the Army Research and Referral Hospital, where tests revealed that they had consumed a small quantity of alcohol, according to police.

However, the army denied the allegations and said it was Singh’s driver who flouted traffic norms.

“An inquiry has been instituted against the driver and the matter is being looked into,” the army official said.

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