Army orders court of inquiry against Major Gogoi

A court of inquiry was ordered by the Army against Major Leetul Gogoi who was detained by the police along with a local girl at a Srinagar hotel recently.

“Army has ordered a Court of Inquiry against Major Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles regarding an incident that occurred on May 23. If found guilty, appropriate action would be taken against him,” Defence Ministry spokesman, Col Rajesh Kalia told IANS.

Sources also told IANS that Gogoi’s commanding officer is being shifted out for alleged lack of command and control over his subordinates. They also said that Gogoi has been taken off from field duties and attached to headquarters till the completion of the inquiry.

Earlier, the Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat had said that if Major Gogoi is found guilty, exemplary punishment will be awarded to him.

“If any officer of the Indian army is found guilty of any offence, we will take strictest possible action,” Rawat told reporters at Pahalgham while on a visit to the Army Goodwill School.

He added, “If Major Gogoi has done something wrong, I assure you that he will be awarded punishment at the earliest…the punishment will set an example,” the army chief said.

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