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IAF takes woman officer into custody

April 28, 2005 18:50 IST
Last Updated: April 28, 2005 20:25 IST

The Indian Air Force on Thursday took its official Anjali Gupta, who is facing court martial, into custody 'to prevent her from harming herself', officials said.

The decision to keep Gupta in custody was taken after perusing the contents of a petition filed by her before the Karnataka State Commission for Women, in which she said 'she is on the verge of taking her life' citing perceived harassment, an IAF spokesman said.

"Therefore, she is kept under custody so that she does not harm herself," the spokesman said.

Gupta, working at the Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment in Bangalore, is facing court martial on charges of indiscipline, insubordination and financial irregularities.

The IAF had on Wednesday announced a court of inquiry into her charges of sexual harassment against three IAF officials.

Gupta, the first woman IAF official to face a court martial, had asked for a probe into alleged corruption in her unit and suspension of proceedings against her for three months.

Gupta's mother Uma Gupta had demanded that her daughter be given a month's leave as she was under 'tremendous emotional and mental stress' and needed to find a counsel in Delhi to fight her case.


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