The Hush Post| 16:08 am | two-minute-read
Major Leetul Gogoi could lose seniority. Major Gogoi hit headlines after he tied a youth to a jeep to shield himself against stone pelters during the polling in the Srinagar Lok Sabha by-election on April 9, 2017. That became a controversy. For some he was a hero others questioned his ethics.
However, later he was found fraternising with a 18-year-old woman in Srinagar at a hotel reception, which made it a fit case for the court of inquiry against him.
The woman with whom Major Gogoi had gone out disclosed that she had become a friend of the Army officer through his fake Facebook profile. As per that profile he had named himself Ubaid Arman.
Now, the court martial proceedings against Major Leetul Gogoi have been completed and he could lose seniority as a penal action for “fraternising” with a local woman in Srinagar last year.
The court martial process against his driver, Sameer Malla, who was facing charges of unauthorised absence from the unit, was also completed. He is likely to be given a “severe punishment.”
Malla was recruited in the Territorial Army in 2017. He was posted with 53 Sector of Rashtriya Rifles, a counter-insurgency force fighting militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
After completion of Summary of Evidence against Major Gogoi and his driver in early February followed by the initiation of court martial proceedings, the two men have been held guilty on two counts: “fraternising” with a local in spite of instructions to the contrary and “being away from the place of duty while in operational area”, the officials said.
Statements of the accused as well as other witnesses were recorded.
The Army Court of Inquiry (CoI) had recommended disciplinary action against Major Gogoi after it indicted him as well as his driver for the Srinagar hotel incident on May 23 last year.
Major Gogoi was detained by police following an altercation with the hotel staff. He was allegedly trying to enter inside with an 18-year-old woman.
The woman had expressed her unwillingness to depose during the court martial proceedings and informed the Army authorities that she had given a statement before a magistrate and the same should be treated as her final stand.
Immediately after the incident came to light last year, Army chief Bipin Rawat had said that exemplary punishment would be given to Major Gogoi if he was found guilty of “any offence.”