Court-martial orders 5 years in jail for Lieutenant Colonel for “marrying” fellow officer’s wife
An army court-martial in the Capital has today found a lieutenant colonel of the EME guilty of misconduct and sentenced him to five years in jail. The married officer had “married” a fellow officer’s wife.
New Delhi: An army court-martial in the Capital has today found a lieutenant colonel of the EME guilty of misconduct and sentenced him to five years in jail. The officer, already married with children, had “married” the wife of a brother officer. He had not got a divorce.
The woman brought the case to the notice of the Army and as part of the Army chief, General Bipin Rawat’s ZERO TOLERANCE stand on misconduct and corruption, strict punishment has been handed out. This is perhaps the first time in many years that punishment as harsh has been ordered in a case like this.
The court-martial of the officer, headed by a brigadier, has just ended and the sentence of five years in jail and also, immediate dismissal without pension, has to be ratified by the Western Army Command to which the lieutenant colonel belonged.
What has irked the army establishment is not just the fact that he had promised marriage to a brother officer’s wife– but he had gone through a marriage ceremony, technically bigamy, in Amritsar. This has been considered unbecoming conduct by an officer of the Indian army and strong punishment has been meted out.
The army chief has repeatedly said he would not tolerate any corruption and misconduct and has, in the past, sacked several officers involved in such activity.