Military compendium | Six members of the army’s medical corps discharged from service by court-martial

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Six members of the Army Medical Corps (AMC) were discharged and sentenced to between two years rigorous imprisonment (RI) and six years RI by a General Court Martial (GCM) in Meerut in a Fraud Case at Army Hospital (Research and Guidance), New Delhi.

The court-martial delivered its findings late Saturday evening in Meerut where it had been taking place since 2021. General Officer Commanding 22 RAPID (Strike), Major General SK Sharma had ordered the court-martial of 10 people, none of whom were unnamed. was from AMC. while the other belonged to the Armored Corps. Curiously, no AMC officers stationed at the Army Hospital (R&R) were tried for misconduct and only JCOs and jawans were court-martialled.

Of the ten JCOs and Jawans who were court-martialed, four were acquitted of the charges against them of diverting drugs for military use at the Military Hospital (R&R) in New Delhi.

All defendants had faced ten charges under various sections of the Army Act, including Section 69, Section 63 and Section 57(C) coupled with the relevant sections of the 1988 Act on the prevention of corruption. The case dates back to the year 201 when all the defendants were assigned to the Army Hospital (R&R) in New Delhi. In August 2017, an FIR was filed by a drug inspector in Kotwala Thana, Delhi, alleging that a civilian company was stockpiling for sale a huge stock of drugs labeled “Army Hospital Supply-Not for sale”.

A Court of Inquiry was ordered by the Delhi Area HQ in August 2017 itself to investigate the circumstances under which drugs marked “Defence Supply Only” were seized by M Drug Inspectors. / S Balaji Medicos, Bhagirath Palace, New Delhi which led to the FIR on August 11, 2017. A bag containing a package of drugs and cash was seized from one of the accused Havildar on August 14, 2017 by a team from the Military Intelligence Counterintelligence Unit, Army HQ, New Delhi. The defendants had been attached to various army units pending the investigation against them before a court martial was finally ordered in February 2021.

The defendants had presented a defense that their confessions had been extracted under duress and that they had been made to sign blank sheets of paper. They had also alleged that they had been made scapegoats in order to cover up a massive military hospital (R&R) scam that involved senior officers. Speaking to the Indian Express, Barrister Anand Kumar, who was the attorney representing five accused staff members, three of whom were acquitted, said that while the General Court Martial rightly acquitted the accused after concluded that two of the charges against them were untenable, the court erred with respect to other charges. “The trial took place in Meerut while all the documents were in New Delhi. The GCM did not call the Army Hospital Drug Records (R&R) despite the prosecution’s agreement during the trial. Numerous documents in favor of the defendants have been deleted and a key witness who was apprehended by the hospital in 2017 has been omitted and no effort has been made to summon him and other related witnesses. We will file an appeal in higher court because the lawsuit has also been barred by statute of limitations,” he said.

The Air Force Day flyover will be over Lake Sukhna

For the first time, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will hold its Air Force Day Flypast in Chandigarh on October 8, when the event takes place in the skies above Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh.

A senior officer from Air Force Station Chandigarh has informed that the flypast will not take place this time at Hindon Air Base on the outskirts of New Delhi. This is done in accordance with the government directive that major events of the three services must be taken out of the national capital and held in different parts of the country.

It can be recalled that the Air Force Day Flypast used to take place at Palam Air Station in Delhi until 2006 when it was moved to Hindon as the flypast resulted in the closure of the space air traffic for a long time and disrupted civil air traffic. .

Detailed meetings are being held by the IAF officers with the Chandigarh administration to finalize the program for the event which will require thorough traffic management as the Sukhna Lake complex has only a limited number of places parking. Shuttles should be in place to transport the general public from remote designated parking locations who may wish to view the lakeside event. Since the lake is also in a high security zone adjoining Punjab and Haryana Raj Bhawans, additional security measures would also be needed to put in place.

The last major IAF event that took place in Chandigarh was the review of the fleet by then President APJ Abdul Kalam in March 2007. A wide variety of IAF aircraft had participated in the review at the time. This time too, the review will likely feature the latest IAF acquisitions, including Rafale jets, which are stationed next door in Ambala.

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