CBI raids premises of `graft-happy' Army general

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday raided the premises of a senior Army officer after registering a case against him for corruption and amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of his income.

"The CBI conducted raids at properties of Major General V K Sharma in Udhampur, Pathankote, Delhi and Gurgaon, and seized some documents," a CBI official told the media in New Delhi.

Three special teams were formed and sent to the locations to conduct the raids, he said.

The documents found pointed to the serving general's investments in properties, gold and other assets, the CBI spokesperson added.

The raids came after the Army handed over to the CBI the probe into allegations against Maj Gen Sharma, who is attached to the Udhampur-based Northern Command – with the sensitive Jammu & Kashmir under its purview – since last year.

He was already facing an Army Court of Inquiry (CoI) before the command decided to rope in the civilian investigator.

There were allegations by a supplier against the officer, who was a Maj Gen at Army Service Corps (ASC) prior to his current posting.

Gen Sharma was in charge of all rations and supplies to troops posted in the Northern Command. He was attached for the probe after an elaborate internal surveillance tracked his activities.