Sunday, May 27, 2018

Where should this case be tried?

FirstPost reports on a tug-of-war between civilian and military authorities in Srinagar over which should take action against an Indian Army officer (previously involved in a controversial human shield incident) who appears to have arranged to meet a young local girl in a hotel. The Chief Judicial Magistrate wants a report from the police; the Army has appointed a Court of Inquiry.

Did we mention the whiff of unlawful command influence?
A senior army official said that Major [Leetul] Gogoi is “guilty of not keeping his seniors informed while moving from his operational jurisdiction in Beerwah in Budgam to Srinagar.”
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On Friday, army chief Bipin Rawat promised exemplary punishment if Major Gogoi is found guilty of misconduct. A senior official said that army officers need to maintain a standard operating procedure (SOP) while carrying out duties in militancy affected areas. “It was not admissible for the Major to meet the girl in the hotel,” said a senior officer.

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