We often get fascinated by the huge vessels that travel on high seas and turbulent weather conditions but we know so little about Indian law relating to ships. At present, our ships form an integral part of our nation’s military and commercial system. The Indian Navy operates with highly sophisticated vessels to defend our water territory and to fight the enemies. Commercial ships carry millions of tons of cargo across the world.
Controversies have been buzzing around the retired military secretary Lt Gen Avadhesh Prakash. On February 22, 2010, the Armed Forces Tribunal passed a stay order for the court martial proceeding against the tainted general. This stay is against the court martial that was ordered against the general after his indictment by a court of inquiry (COI). This was supposed to proceed on February 25, 2010, from Calcutta.
The COI had indicted Lt Gen Prakash of the then 33, Corps for using his power and position to facilitate unlawful transfer of land to his alleged accomplice, Dilip Agarwal.
With this land scam news spreading faster than wild fire, the overall public perception about the top brass in the Indian army is sure to be affected. It prompts citizens to ask:
- Why do the defence personnel in India have different laws and a different judicial procedure in the country to which we have little information about?
- Why is there so little transparency about laws governing the Indian military forces?
- Do we not have the right to know when such scams happen?
Army Chief Kapoor Wanted Mild ; AK Antony Prefers Strong
The land scam controversy exacerbated when Army Chief, General Kapoor, seemed relucant to deal with against his aide Prakash by taking stringent action, despite an Army Court of Inquiry (COI) reportedly citing prima facie evidence against Prakash as the key player in the scam.