Ranga Pahar/Nagaland (Agencies): Observing that the Army's credibility and image have been "harmed" due to recent corruption cases, Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday said strict action will be taken against personnel found guilty of wrongdoings.

In the recent past, a number of senior serving and retired Army officials have faced allegations of involvement in scandals such as Adarsh Housing Society, Sukna and
Kandivali land scam.

"Some recent instances of corruption in high places in the Army have brought some harm to its credibility and image. All of you must ensure that dignity of the Army is maintained at all times. We will take very strict action whenever any case of corruption comes, or is brought to our notice," the minister said.

The Defence Minister was addressing soldiers at the 3 Corps headquarters here.

On a two-day visit to the North-Eastern states, the Defence Minister also asked the Army to be vigilant and keep an eye on smallest developments in the neighbourhood and ensure a high-level of operational preparedness.

The Defence Minister also asked the troops to win the hearts and minds and to project the Army in a positive light and establish a healthy relationship with the local populace.

In his meeting with the top Army commanders, Antony reviewed the security situation at the border and the progress made in the development of infrastructure in the North-East region.

Army Chief General V K Singh, Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar, Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Bikram Singh and GOC 3 Corps Lt Gen N K Singh were also present on the occasion.