An Army Major General serving from Assam Rifles in the north east has been dismissed without pension over a case of sexual harassment involving another serving officer. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today confirmed that the punishment of dismissal has been awarded to a Major General from service in connection with a sexual harassment case.
As per the orders issued in this regard, the confirmation of the sentence was signed by the Army Chief in July itself. An Army General Court Martial (GCM) on December 23 last year had recommended dismissal of the Major General from service in a more than two-year-old sexual harassment.
Reacting on the decision of the Army Chief, the Major General’s lawyer Anand Kumar said, “The confirmation of the sentence and its promulgation is illegal as the Major General has not been supplied a copy of court-martial proceedings till date to enable him to file a pre-confirmation petition despite the orders passed by AFT Delhi.”
“His Review Application is also pending and despite that, the sentence has been confirmed by General Rawat who was also made aware of the order of AFT through a legal notice sent by us. We will challenge this confirmation order,” he added.
The court-martial had recommended the dismissal of the officer from service after he was charged under section 354A of the IPC and Army Act 45 which is related to unbecoming conduct of officers in the force.