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Sukna scam: HC quashes Lt Gen Rath's plea

Source: PTI
February 15, 2010 11:51 IST
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The Delhi High Court on Monday refused to give any relief to Lt Gen P K Rath who had challenged the initiation of court of inquiry against him in the Sukna land scam.

A division bench headed by Justice Geeta Mittal asked the army officer to approach the Armed Forces Tribunal to challenge the proceedings against him.

"Jurisdiction of this court is barred by Armed Forces Tribunal Act. In view of this, the petition is dismissed with liberty to petitioner to approach the tribunal," Justice Mittal said.

Rath had approached the court after he was indicted along with former Military Secretary Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash in the over Rs 300-crore land scam case in Darjeeling.

The Sukna scam involves the sale of 71-acres of land adjacent to Sukna military station in West Bengal for which the army had issued a no objection certificate to a private realtor.

Besides Prakash and Rath, the army probe had indicted Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali and Maj Gen P C Sen in the scam.

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