06 December, 2020

Ask No Questions

A Command chief is booted for cracking down on corruption

Jitender Gupta and Anand Sharma
Ask No Questions
No Grease, No Palm

During his tenure in the Northern Command Lt Gen H.S. Panag ordered 120 Courts of Inquiry. Some key cases:
  • Tent scam: Inquiry and action into the "emergency" purchase of tents
  • Egg scam: Showcause notices issued to officers and men, including a Maj Gen
  • Diversion of high-altitude rations: An inquiry has been ordered.
  • Frozen meat scam: Issued a letter of displeasure to Lt Gen S.K. Dahiya
  • Pressed for a crackdown on corruption at the Army Commanders Conference


The February 25 directive by the ministry of defence that Northern Command chief, Lt General H.S. Panag, was being transferred out to non-operational Lucknow-based Central Command was seemingly a bald statement. It was supposed to be a "routine transfer", though concerning the army's crucial Northern Command.

But sources in army headquarters told Outlook there was nothing routine about...


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