MOD takes note of CAG report on Gen Kapoor

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Kapurthala, Mar 15 (UNI) The Defence Ministry has taken a serious note of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG's) report indicating the Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor for procuring stores worth several crores during his tenure as Northern Command GOC-in-C.

Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju today said.

Mr Raju was here to study the proposal given by the state government to hand over the local Sainik School building for converting it into a luxury heritage hotel.

He disclosed that the Ministry would probe all the irregularities committed in procuring the stores during Gen Kapoor's tenure as Northern Command Chief, and would take action against all those found guilty in the inquiry.

He expressed his dismay over the depilated condition of the building of the Sainik School. When asked about his view regarding the demand of the state government to hand over the building and land of the school to the state government for converting it into a hotel, he said the Ministry would take a final decision on it.

Meanwhile, a large number of local residents led by Jalandhar Member of Parliament Rana Gujrit Singh came to the Sainik School to oppose the move of the state government.

Mr Rana, while giving a memorandum to the Minister, urged the Minister to set up a National Defence University on the vacant land of the school.

Sainik School Old Boys association, led by advocate Maninder Singh Gill and association General Secretary Tejinder Kaushal, also submitted a memorandum to the Minister opposing the move of the state government.

The Union Minister held a meeting with the Punjab Tourism Minister Hira Singh Gabria, Principal Secretary Tourism Geetika Kalha and Deputy Commissioner J M Balamurugan.

Mrs Geetika Kalha said that there would be no shifting of school till a new building would be constructed at the cost of Rs 15 crore in 40 acres of land in the premises of the present Sainik School campus.

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