Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
03-September-2012 15:26 IST
Illegal sale of Weapons by Personnel
The veracity of information cannot be ascertained due to lack of knowledge. A case relating to sale of Non-Standard Pattern (NSP) weapons by Army officers and JCO in violation of the provisions of Army Act / Special Army Order has come to light. The matter has been investigated by the Army through a Court of Inquiry, which has found 74 army officers blameworthy. Out of 74 officers, 64 officers are serving officers and 10 officers are retired. Administrative / disciplinary action has been taken against 63 officers by the army. Besides, Standard Operating Procedure on disposal of Non Service Pattern Weapons has been revised to avoid recurrence of such incidents.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Manish Tewariand AsaduddinOwaisiin Lok Sabha today.