New Delhi, Oct 12: An Indian Army Brigadier was awarded a 10-year loss of his seniority and a “severe reprimand” for having an affair with a Colonel’s wife by a General Courts Martial (GCM) on Wednesday, October 11. The Brigadier had pleaded guilty of adultery during the military trial. However, some reports said that the Brigadier lost 4 years of seniority.
The Brigadier was commanding a crucial infantry brigade in Sikkim meant for the front with China under the 33 Corps in Sukna, West Bengal. According to the sentence, the Brigadier cannot be promoted to the next rank of a major general if he continues to serve the Indian Army.
One of the sources told The Indian Express that the Brigadier had pleaded guilty of committing adultery. This, as per the reports, could be a reason that he was handed over a loss of seniority instead of five years’ rigorous imprisonment.
“Stealing the affections of a brother officer’s wife” – euphemism for a sexual affair – is considered a very serious misdemeanour and unbecoming conduct in the armed forces,” an officer told TOI. He also added that usually, in such cases, officers are “summarily sacked, sometimes without pension and other benefits”.
“But the punishment is relatively less in the brigadier’s case because he pleaded guilty to the charges,” he said.
The Brigadier has been charged with several offences including adultery, falsifying official documents, violation of the good order, violation of military discipline, during the court-martial. The court-martial was held at Binaguri.