Kashmir woman case | Army Court of Inquiry set to charge Major Leetul Gogoi

Guwahati, August 4: Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi is likely to face disciplinary action in relation to the case where he was seen with a local Kashmiri woman in a Srinagar hotel on May 23.

As per The Indian Express report, the Army’s Court of Inquiry (CoI) into the incident is likely to indict the controversial Army officer.

The report further stated that the findings of the CoI had been submitted to the XV Corps and were being studied before being processed as per military law. The CoI’s findings have been recommended by a Major General and await the approval of the XV Corps Commander.

“The CoI indicted Major Gogoi is guilty on at least two counts: being away from the place of duty while on active service in an operational area and for violating the official Army policy on fraternising with a local woman ‘source’,” stated The Indian Express report.

It has also been reported that though Gogoi’s area of operation in RR 53 Bn was Beerwah area of Budgam district, the girl had been picked up from her village that falls in the operational jurisdiction of RR 02 Bn.

After the Corps Commander’s approval, the Army authorities will frame charges against the officer. They can then decide to either punish the officer or convene a court-martial to try the officer, as per The Indian Express report.

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A court of inquiry was ordered by the Indian Army against Major Gogoi following an altercation with the hotel staff at the Hotel Grand Mamta on May 23 as he was allegedly trying to enter a hotel with an 18-year-old woman. Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat had said that an exemplary punishment would be given to Major Gogoi if he was found guilty of any offense.

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The CoI, headed by a Brigadier, took the testimonies of Major Gogoi, other Army officers concerned besides checking documents dealing with the case, stated the report.

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Major Gogoi hails from Namrup, Assam.

In an exclusive interview with TIME8, Dharmeswar Gogoi, former Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation official, stated that he stands in support of his son. “I am hundred per cent sure that my son is not involved in any such kind of activity. I have raised him up since childhood, I know him very well. Moreover, I personally had a conversation on the matter with him over the phone where he specifically told me that he was being targeted by some people in Jammu & Kashmir,” said Major Gogoi’s father.

It may be mentioned that Major Gogoi had tied a civilian Farooq Ahmad Dar in Budgam district during Srinagar Parliamentary elections in April last year which had led to much controversy. He was awarded the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card by General Rawat for his ‘sustained efforts’ in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu & Kashmir.