GCM convicts lieutenant colonel of improper relation with woman clerk : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

GCM convicts lieutenant colonel of improper relation with woman clerk

He has been awarded forfeiture of three years’ seniority of rank, forfeiture of three years’ service for the purpose of substantive rank of lieutenant colonel, forfeiture of three years’ service for increased pay and a severe reprimand

GCM convicts lieutenant colonel of improper relation with woman clerk

Photo for representation



Tribune News Service

Vijay Mohan 

Chandigarh, June 8 

A general court martial (GCM) has held a lieutenant colonel guilty of maintaining an inappropriate relationship with a woman clerk while both were posted at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.  

He has been awarded forfeiture of three years’ seniority of rank, forfeiture of three years’ service for the purpose of substantive rank of lieutenant colonel, forfeiture of three years’ service for increased pay and a severe reprimand, sources said. 

The GCM, presided by Col Harpreet Singh with Lt Col Gourav Verma as the judge advocate and Col Virender Singh (retd) as the prosecution counsel, had been convened by Major General Sanjeev Khatri, General Officer Commanding, Uttarakhand Sub Area, and concluded on Wednesday. 

According to sources, the officer was tried on three charges under Section 45 of the Army Act for behaving in a manner unbecoming of his position and the character expected of him as an officer, and under Section 63 for committing an act prejudicial to good order and military discipline.  

Giving details of the charges, sources said the officer had fraternised with the woman clerk and entered into an amorous relationship with her knowing well that she was married, posed as her husband during her clinic visits for assisted reproductive procedure and improperly getting a dependent card made for the woman by showing her to be his wife. 

The charges relate to the period between August 2017 and December 2019, when the officer held the rank of a major. He was promoted as lieutenant colonel in December 2018.  A complaint was made against the officer in 2020. 

The officer had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him and had objected to the charges, raised a plea to jurisdiction of the GCM to try him and raised plea in bar. These objections were rejected by the court. 

The prosecution had presented electronic evidence in support of the charges, which included details of WhatsApp chats and recordings of telephone conversations between the officer and the woman clerk. 

 

About The Author

The Tribune News Service brings you the latest news, analysis and insights from the region, India and around the world. Follow the Tribune News Service for a wide-ranging coverage of events as they unfold, with perspective and clarity.


Top News

Decision to award grace marks to 1,563 candidates of NEET-UG by NTA is withdrawn, Centre tells Supreme Court

Row over NEET-UG: Grace marks given to 1,563 candidates withdrawn, Centre tells Supreme Court

The court is told by the counsel for the Centre and the Nati...

No evidence of paper leak in NEET-UG exam, says Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

No evidence of paper leak in NEET-UG exam, says Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

Pradhan says allegations of corruption in NTA unfounded, tes...

Water crisis: Delhi government puts blame on Haryana counterpart over tanker mafia

Water crisis: Delhi government blames Haryana for tanker mafia

A Bench led by Justice PK Mishra had on Wednesday pulled up ...

India's mission in touch with Kuwaiti authorities to provide relief to its citizens affected in Mangaf fire

India's mission in touch with Kuwaiti authorities to provide relief to its citizens affected in Mangaf fire

The fire started in a kitchen of the 7-storey building housi...


Cities

View All