Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday proved that the punishment of removal had been awarded to a Maj Gen over sexual harassment case.
“Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has accepted the sentence awarded to the officer. The determination of the Chief of Army Staff was suggested to the Major General by the 2-Corps Commander Lt Gen MJS Kahlon today in Ambala,” Army officials told ANI.
As per the orders issued in this respect, the confirmation of the sentence was approved by the Army Chief in July itself.
An Army General Court Martial (GCM) on December-23 last year had recommended removal of the Major General from service in a more than 2-year-old sexual harassment.
Responding on the decision of the Army Chief, the Major General’s lawyer Anand Kumar told, “The confirmation of the decision and its promulgation is illegal as the Major General has not been furnished a copy of court-martial procedures till date to enable him to file a pre-confirmation request despite the orders transferred by AFT Delhi.”
“His Study Application is also pending, and despite that, the sentence has been confirmed by General Rawat, who was also got aware of the order of AFT through a legal notice sent by us. We will examine this confirmation order,” he added.
The court-martial had approved the dismissal of the officer from service after he was charged under section 354A of the IPC and Army Act 45, which is similar to improper conduct of officers in the force.
As per the Army rules, the order of the GCM is sent to higher authorities for confirmation.
The higher authority has the endowments even to change the sentence.
The Major General was posted in the Northeast when the alleged event took place in late 2016 and was attached to Chandimandir following Army’s Western Command for the disciplinary actions.
The officer had rejected the charges against him levelled by the Captain-rank lady officer.
In a case filed before the Armed Forces Tribunal, the officer had claimed that he was a victim of factionalism in the Army which had allegedly arisen due to the appointment of Army Chief in that year.