DEO Leh 'satisfied' with Army's reply

The District Election Officer (DEO) Leh, Avny Lavasa, has expressed satisfaction over the Army’s reply over alleged malpractices on part of various commanding officers in the electronic postal ballot system during the recently-held Lok Sabha polls there on May 6.

After some candidates alleged malpractices in postal ballot system, the DC Leh shot off a letter to General Officer in Command of Leh-based XIV corps on Friday.

In reply to her letter, the defence spokesperson at Srinagar, Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that preliminary investigations indicated that the complaints are unfounded and appeared to have been made to tarnish the image of Army. “Army remains apolitical and we hold this value in letter and spirit,” he said, adding that an “in-depth investigation” is under way to find details in “an impartial manner”.

On Saturday, the DEO Leh, in another letter addressed to colonel US Mankotia, Colonel General Staff for General Officer Commanding HQ 14 corp, said, “The receipt of your letter number 5009/Misc/GS(IW) dated May 11, 2019 is acknowledged herewith wherein you have stated that a preliminary inquiry was conducted and ‘no violation’ has been reported.”

“The contents of the letter are found to be satisfactory. Any further requirement will be communicated if required,” reads the letter written by DEO Leh.