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Maj Gen found guilty of sexual harassment
November 19, 2007 23:20 IST
An army court of inquiry on Monday found a top armed forces official guilty of sexual harassment of his subordinate woman officer and would be tried by a court martial.
An army court of inquiry found Maj Gen A K Lal, who was commanding a division on Sino-Indian border in Ladakh, guilty of the charges leveled by Army Captain Neha Rawat in a case filed in September this year, defence ministry sources said.
Lal, who had been attached to Srinagar-based 15 corps after the complaint by Rawat, was tried by a court of inquiry headed by Corps Commander Lt Gen A S Shekhon.
The sources said Gen Lal has been reverted back to Leh-based 14 Corps to face Court Martial proceedings and summary of evidence in the case.
He is the second officer in the rank of major general to be tried this year. Earlier, a major general in Jaipur-based Western Army Command was charged by the Central Bureau of Investigation for allegedly possessing property disproportionate to his known sources of income.
The action against Lal comes as the new Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor has made it clear that he wants to crackdown on all cases of indiscipline and corruption in the army.
Capt Rawat of Corps of Signals and based in Leh, had filed a complaint alleging misconduct by Gen Lal during a meditation session.
Acting promptly, the Army had ordered an investigation into the case and pending its outcome shifted Lal on attachment to Srinagar [Images] Based 15 Corp.