Court martial of retired senior army official stayed

November 21st, 2008 - 8:36 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday stayed court martial proceedings against a retired lieutenant general on corruption charges for allegedly procuring poor quality food items for troops fighting insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir in 2004.The court martial proceedings against Lt Gen (retd) S.K. Sahni were scheduled Nov 26 at the 11 Corps headquarters in Jalandhar.

If the court martial had been held, Lt Gen (retd) S.K. Sahni would have been the seniormost army officer, serving or retired, to face such disciplinary proceedings under the Army Act.

A bench headed by Justice A.K. Sikri stayed the court martial proceedings for the interim period. The matter has been posted for further hearing in December.

The retired officer had served as the Director General (Supplies and Transport) in the army headquarters in Delhi and retired from the post in 2006. The supplies to troops serving across the country was under him.

Under the Army Act, any retired officer can be called back for court martial proceedings for offences committed during his service tenure that had come to light before or after his superannuation.

A court of inquiry probing the charges indicted Sahni along with six other officers, including a major general and two brigadiers, of corruption.

The other officers were let off.

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