'Only one incident where water supplied instead of diesel'

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New Delhi, Apr 30 (UNI) Only one incident has so far been reported when water, instead of diesel, was supplied in fuel tankers to the icy heights of Ladakh, the government informed the Rajya Sabha today.

Defence Minister A K Antony said a solitary incident came to the notice of the government in July, 2005 about water being supplied instead of diesel in seven tankers of Indian Oil Corporation in Ladakh region of Northern Command.

A Court of Inquiry instituted by Army headquarters completed its report soon after. Disciplinary action was directed against two army officers, among others based on the report. Administrative action was initiated against four other officers involved in the incident.

The Jammu and Kashmir police had lodged FIR against the civilian drivers of the tankers, Mr Antony informed the upper house in a written reply.

The state police also filed a chargesheet against one Brigadier level officer and one Lt Colonel level officer alongwith others in March this year in a local Leh court.

As the case came up for hearing this month, the Army was given time to exercise option of taking over the case in terms of Section 549 Criminal Procedure Code and Army Act Section 125.


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