New Delhi: The court-martial proceedings against Army Major Leetul Gogoi have concluded and he has been been awarded a loss of six months of seniority in the case of ‘fraternising with a local woman’ while on official posting. Also Read - Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Inaugurates Rowing Centre in Srinagar
The officer is now being posted out of the Kashmir valley as he has completed his tenure at the posting, sources say. Also Read - COVID-19 Travel Guidelines For Kashmir: Coronavirus Test Mandatory For Those Travelling by Road
Major Gogoi was in the centre of a controversy in 2017 when he created a human shield by tying a Kashmiri youth to the bonnet of his jeep to avoid attacks by stone pelting mobs during the discharge of duties in the Badgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read - Kashmir to Kanyakumari: Indian Army Man to Run 4000 Km in 50 Days, Aims For Guinness World Record
Major Gogoi’s driver, Sameer Malla, who facilitated the major’s relationship with a local woman, also faced the court-martial proceedings along with the officer.
“He is likely to be given a serious reprimand,” sources said.
After completion of summary of evidence against Major Gogoi and his driver in February, followed by the initiation of court-martial proceedings, the two men have been held guilty on two counts, “fraternising with a local woman in spite of instructions to the contrary and being away from the place of duty while in operational area”.
Major Gogoi was posted with Rashtriya Rifles battalion to fight insurgency in J&K.
Police had detained the Major along with his driver and a local woman in 2018 when they came to a local hotel where the manager refused to give them a room to stay for the night.
With IANS inputs