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Will not tolerate corruption in the Army: Antony

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January 31, 2010 16:44 IST
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The government on Sunday said the army has already taken strong action in the Sukhna land scam case and insisted that it will not tolerate even a single case of corruption in the armed forces.

"Already, the Army has taken strong action. I do not want to say anything further. We cannot tolerate even a single instance of corruption," Defence Minister A K Antony said on the sidelines of a function to present awards to the winning tableaux of the Republic Day parade.

Replying to a question on the reasons for advising court martial proceedings against Lieutenant General Awadesh Prakash, who has been indicted in the Sukhna land scam, Antony said Sukhna and some other cases of corruption are 'aberrations'.

"Look at the society as a whole, various walks of life. Compared to many other institutions, armed forces have a much better system of correcting things and punishing the guilty," he said.

Antony said, "You should compare what is going on around. Compared to many other institutions, armed forces and the Army are doing much better in terms of taking action and correcting aberrations in the system".

"Our jawans and officers are sacrificing their life, their blood, their health to protect every inch of our territory, to safeguard border security. We must salute them and protect their honour," he said.

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