Bagalkot Man is now deputy chief of Indian Army

Lt-General Ramesh Halagali, who was one of the four generals originally indicted in the Sukna land scam but later emerged somewhat of a ‘whistleblower’, took over as the Army deputy chief (information systems and training) on Monday. Lt Gen Halagali hails from Bagalkot district.

His parents Gadigeppa Halagali and Kashibai reside in Mudhol taluk and are engaged in agriculture work. His father is a retired soldier. Halagali did his primary education at Bijapur Sainik School and later joined BVV Sangh’s Science College. Even though he got admission for medicine, he chose to join the National Defence Academy.

Halagali will retire from service in December 2012.BVV Sangh honoured Ramesh Halagali on his first visit home after taking charge. Speaking to The Times of India Ramesh attributed his growth in the Army to his parents’ blessings.Kashibai, his mother, said: “I feel very happy for my son. He has done better than any of us expected him to.”Lt-Gen Halagali, who was commissioned into the Sikh Light Infantry in December 1972, was initially punished with ‘an administrative censure’ after the court of inquiry into the Sukna case. But ‘adverse remarks’ against him were later ‘expunged’, and he was rehabilitated by first being posted as the 11 Corps commander in Punjab and then as the director-general of military training at Army HQ.