The Army has ordered a Court of Inquiry (CoI) against a Brigadier posted in New Delhi following a complaint alleging that his wife was acting as a conduit on his behalf to get recruitment done in the Army after taking bribes.
One Shobha Rani of Uttar Pradesh had in October 2015 written letters of complaint against Brigader D S Chauhan, Deputy Director General (Ecological) of the Territorial Army Headquarters and his wife Alka Chauhan to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh and to the Human Rights Commission
Taking cognizance of her complaint, Headquarters, Delhi Area of the Army, has ordered a Court of Inquiry that is currently underway in New Delhi.
Major General S H Gupta has been appointed as the presiding officer of the inquiry. Brigadier Deepak Oberoi and Brigadier R Asthana are the two other members in the inquiry.
The complainant has already deposed before the inquiry while the partial deposition of Brigadier Chauhan has also taken place. His wife and son are yet to give their statements before the court of inquiry.
The complainant alleged that she had come in contact with a middleman in her village in UP who told her that Alka Chauhan gets people recruited in the defence services. The middleman also told her there was a requirement of 19 persons for the posts of clerks and sweepers. She has also alleged that Alka Chauhan was introduced to her as the wife of a Colonel and that she promised to get three persons recruited in the Army, including two brothers of the complainant, for a sum of Rs 1,50,000.
The complainant is also learnt to have deposed before the inquiry panel that she ended up paying Rs 2,24,000 for the recruitment and this includes Rs 49,000 in the account of Ankit Chauhan, son of Brigadier Chauhan, and Rs 24,000 in the account of another person close to the family. She has also told the Court of Inquiry that she was never allowed to meet Brig Chauhan even though she demanded to meet the person who was going to get the job done, adding she was only shown his photograph.
As per the deposition of the complainant, even after taking money, her brothers were not recruited in the Army and their names did not figure in the merit list of the recruitment rally which took place at Saharanpur.
She has alleged that Alka Chauhan repeatedly assured her that the work would be done and even took photographs of her mother and father for making CSD canteen cards. However, when the complainant found that her brothers were not recruited, she demanded a refund of the money but the cheques given by Alka Chauhan were dishonoured by the bank as the accounts were closed. Thereafter, she lodged a a complaint with the Defence Minister and the Army Chief.