New Delhi, Dec 31: An Indian Army brigadier found guilty of committing adultery with a colonel’s wife will be cashiered from service and undergo three years of rigorous imprisonment, a general court martial (GCM) ordered after intervention from the Army headquarters in New Delhi, claims a report. Also Read - NEET 2021: Indian Army Offers Free Coaching to Underprivileged Students in Srinagar
Noteworthy, an officer cashiered from service loses his rank, decorations and all retirement benefits. Also Read - Arrival Of 'Sticky Bombs' Sets Off Alarm Bells In Jammu And Kashmir | All You Need To Know
Earlier in October, the GCM had awarded a 10-year loss of seniority+ and “a severe reprimand” to the brigadier after he pleaded guilty to the extra-marital affair. At that time, he was commanding a crucial mountain infantry brigade meant for the front with China under the 33 Corps in Sukna (West Bengal). Also Read - Join Indian Army 2021: Apply for Technical Graduate Course at joinindianarmy.nic.in, Check Details Here
However, sources claim that the Army headquarters took a stern view of the case and asked the GCM to reconsider the quantum of punishment.
The case came to light after the Army instituted a court of inquiry (CoI) against the brigadier on the complaint of his wife, a principal of a prominent school in New Delhi, about his extra-marital affair.
The officer was pleaded guilty, by GCM headed by a major general and including six brigadiers, after his wife submitted WhatsApp messages exchanged between him and the colonel’s wife.
In a similar incident, the Indian Air Force (IAF) sacked a fighter pilot who was indicted by a CoI for having an affair with a senior officer’s wife in Jodhpur. On the other hand, the Navy reportedly sacked two commander-rank officers in Mumbai for having an extra-marital affair and for sending lewd text messages to several women.