NEW DELHI: Union Defense Minister Monohar Parrikar has sought a CBI inquiry against two serving major generals, on the complaints of amassing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income. Sources said that the CBI will also investigate their involvement in the ‘bribe-for-promotion’ scandal.
“The Ministry has asked the CBI to investigate this case. We are zero-tolerant against corruption and action against these two has been taken based on several complaints we have received so far”, an official from the Defense Ministry said. However, the ministry declined to disclose the names of the major generals as the CBI is yet to file an FIR against them as accused in any case.
While one of the allegedly corrupt officers was from the Army Service Corps, the other was from Army Ordnance Corps. Both the officials are posted with the Eastern Command in Kolkata and the Army Head Quarters in Delhi, respectively.
Last year, both of them were awarded with the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, honoring their exceptional service in their respective ranks. Earlier, one of these two officers had also faced corruption charges in Border Roads Organization Project, but the CBI has failed to provide enough evidence to prove him as guilty before the court of law.
Bribe-for-promotion scandal has become the hot topic since September last year , with the Minister of state for External affairs V.K Singh openly criticizing the corruption in the Indian army. The retired army-general had also requested the Defense Ministry to crack down the corrupted officials from the Indian army. It has been reported that the officers were required to bribe their higher officials if they wished for a promotion to higher ranks.