Lt Gen Rath to face court martial over land scam

Former 33 Corps Commander Lt Gen P K Rath will face a court martial starting August 30 for his role in issuing a no-objection certificate to a private realtor for building an educational institution on a 70-acre piece of land adjacent to the Sukna military station in West Bengal, Defence Ministry sources said here on Friday.

The orders for convening of the court martial have already been issued after the Summary of Evidence (SOE) held against Lt Gen Rath recommended the continuation of disciplinary proceedings against him, they added.

The court martial will be headed by a three-star officer senior to Rath, they said.Army had charged that Rath had issued the NOC to the private realtor with an “intent to defraud” in the Rs 300-crore land scam. Rath was indicted by an Army Court of Inquiry  last year for his role in the alleged land scam and his appointment as the Deputy Chief of Army Staff was cancelled by the Defence Ministry.

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