Chandigarh: A serving Major General has been recommended for dismissal from service, said reports on Monday. The Major General has been found guilty of misbehaving with a woman officer by a General Court Martial (GCM). (Also read: Army personnel entitled for legal representation under Summary Court Martial: SC)
The GCM, presided over by a LT General Giriraj Singh, found the Major General guilty under Section 354 A (attempt to outrage the modesty of a woman) and Section 54 of the Army Act (conduct unbecoming of an officer), prosecution counsel DS Ahluwalia said.
The verdict is subject to confirmation by the Chief of Army Staff, the prosecution counsel said, adding the officer had the right to appeal before the Army Chief against the verdict.
The case dates back to 2016 when the Major General was posted as Inspector General, Assam Rifles. A woman officer accused him of calling her to his room and misbehaving.
The officer was posted in the north-east sector (Assam Rifles in Nagaland) with the eastern command when he was accused of sexual harassment, through a written complaint, by the captain-rank woman officer of the judge advocate general branch of the army. The court proceedings against him started in June this year. He was attached to an army formation in Ambala for disciplinary proceedings.
Following the woman officer’s allegation, the Army ordered a court of Inquiry and attached him for facing the probe at HQs 17 Corps in Ranchi. The Major General had refuted the allegation levelled against him. Sources said that lawyers of the major general will appeal against the GCM verdict.