New Delhi: The Supreme Court while rapping the Centre for not taking action against officials allegedly involved in the multi-crore scam in the purchase of defence equipments in 1999 Kargil operations said, ‘It cannot go on like this.’

"We do not want to be harsh with you in the case. We have been accommodating but it cannot go like this," the bench headed by Justice Aftab Alam told the government.

The court's remarks came when senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, assisting the court as amicus curiae, pointed out that the government has failed to take action against anyone during the last 12 years after the scam was unearthed.

"We are not happy at all (with Centre's action)," the court observed.

Dwivedi submitted that there is lack of political will to take action on the part of the government.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report has noted that there were many lapses in the purchase of defence equipments to the tune of over Rs 2000 crore.

The court, after holding a brief hearing in the case, adjourned the matter for November 28. The court was hearing a PIL of 2004 on the alleged scam relating to defence purchases for 'Operation Vijay' in Kargil.

Earlier, Dwivedi had referred to the CAG report saying that nearly 75 percent of the Rs 2,163 crore worth of supplies were received well after the cessation of hostilities and therefore no way supported the operations.

CAG had found lapses in 35 cases of purchase of equipment. However, the defence department had refused to accord sanction for prosecution of the officials claiming there was no substance in 28 cases.

JPN/Bureau