Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Brigadier held blameworthy for irregularities

Chandigarh, August 18
An Army court of inquiry (COI) has acquitted a Brigadier of allegations of misbehaving with a junior officer’s wife, but has held him blameworthy on several counts of financial irregularities and procedural lapses. The COI has recommended that “suitable action” be initiated in the matter, it is learnt.

Last month, the wife of a Captain had alleged that Brig Bhupinder Singh, Commandant of the Kumaon Regimental Centre in Lansdowne, had misbehaved with her at a public function.

Based upon the complaint, the GOC-in-Cm Central Command, had ordered a court of inquiry into the matter. The allegations could not be established during the COI, presided over by General Officer Commanding 6 Infantry Division, Maj-Gen DK Jamwal.

Army sources said the brigadier, who had been approved for promotion to the rank of Major-General, had been held blameworthy on seven other counts of irregularities.

These include irregularities in the sale of canteen items, unauthorised diversion of funds meant for civil works, and irregularities in the utilisation of training funds and other grants worth several lakhs.

Sources said the officer had denied having committed any irregularities and had maintained that he had only carried on with the precedents and norms already being followed at the centre.

He had been attached to the Headquarters, Uttar Bharat Area, during the proceedings of the COI, but the attachment had now been revoked.

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