Ex Indian officers jailed in IPKF food case

In March 1988, though the Bombay depot required only 3 metric ton of tinned kheema, Gupta sent an additional quantity of 5 MTs. There was also a mismatch between the dispatch, invoices and the delivery at the depots.The CBI said the officials had abused their official positions and placed excessive orders of poor quality food materials despite knowing that the army had sufficient stock of tinned meat for IPKF personnel in Sri Lanka. Their supply continued even after the army headquarters issued instructions to stop all local purchase. The judge then sentenced both Gupta and Kadian to undergo imprisonment for two years each, besides a fine of Rs 1,000. As for the charge of conspiracy, they were sentenced to undergo six month imprisonment. The Margoa-based copany, M/s Costa & Company, which supplied the tinned meat kheema, was imposed a fine of Rs 30,000. It was CBI’s case that while Gupta was functioning as major-general of Army Supply Corps (ASC), southern commandant, and Kadian was officer commanding at supply depot at Margoa in 1987-88, they had placed orders for supply of tinned kheema. Without the material being supplied false invoices were created by them. Even though the army had sufficient stock of meat tinned kheema for its troops in Sri Lanka, they issued purchase orders to purchase whatever quantity and quality was available with the company. Charging them with fraud and dishonesty, the court said the two officers had ‘intentionally violated the mandatory order and local purchase rules with an intention to defraud the government and committed a criminal misconduct, thereby causing wrongful loss to the government.’ More than quarter century after it was found that Indian troops which were part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka were served with poor quality tinned food purchased in violation of army protocol, a CBI court in India has sentenced a major-general and a major, both now retired, to two-year jail term, the Times of India reported.Special judge for CBI cases Paramaraj, found major general (retd.) A K Gupta and major (retd.) S S Kadian guilty of placing orders with a Margoa-based company for supply of tinned fish, fruits and meat despite sufficient stock of the supply being available with the army for consumption by troops camping in Sri Lanka. read more

Three dead several injured in Las Vegas gun battle

first_imgA GUN FIGHT between a Maserati and an SUV on the Las Vegas Strip caused a fiery crash at an intersection involving a taxi that burst into flames, leaving three people dead and at least three injured early Thursday, police said.The Maserati driver, the taxi driver and a passenger in the cab were killed. The SUV got away.In all, five vehicles were involved in the dramatic crash around 4.30 am. Thursday at Flamingo and Las Vegas boulevards, a wide intersection surrounded by some of the most famous casinos on the Strip, including the Bellagio, Caesars Palace and the Paris.It started with people in the Maserati and the SUV exchanging gunfire before the high-end sports car hit the taxi, said Sgt John Sheahan. Three other vehicles were involved in the wreck, but the SUV was gone when police arrived, Sheahan said.Several people were taken to the hospital, including a passenger from the Maserati. Four were taken to University Medical Centre. Hospital spokeswoman Danita Cohen said three were treated and released, while one person remained in the hospital. Their condition was not released.The intersection is expected to be closed for hours as officers investigate.A tourist who witnessed the aftermath of the crash told KLAS-TV the burning taxi looked like a fireball.More people may be hurt, Sheahan said.It’s the latest in a series of violent actions on the tourist corridor since the beginning of the year. Two people were critically wounded in a shooting at a parking garage Feb. 6, and a tourist was stabbed in an elevator at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay Feb. 16.A spokesman for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Jeremy Handel, said his organization didn’t immediately have a comment on the incident and deferred to the police unit that patrols the tourism district.last_img read more