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Brigadier pleads guilty of affair with colonel’s wife, faces 4-year seniority loss

The GCM had started in Binaguri in West Bengal in May this year and was presided upon by the General Officer Commanding of a mountain division in the rank of Major General.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Chandigarh | Updated: October 11, 2017 7:59 am
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A General Courts Martial (GCM) of the Army has sentenced a Brigadier to four-year loss of seniority for promotion purposes and awarded him a ‘severe reprimand’ after he pleaded guilty to charges of committing adultery with the wife of a Colonel.

The GCM had started in Binaguri in West Bengal in May this year and was presided upon by the General Officer Commanding of a mountain division in the rank of Major General. Six other officers of the rank of Brigadier were members of the military trial. The Brigadier had been commanding a Brigade in Sikkim and was attached to the mountain division to face the court-martial.

Sources in Army’s Eastern Command told The Indian Express that the accused officer pleaded guilty to the charges against him.  This is perhaps the reason that he was handed over a comparatively lighter sentence instead of five years’ rigorous imprisonment usually awarded in similar cases, said a senior officer.

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    chakm
    Oct 14, 2017 at 6:48 am
    It is about time, that India, like many other countries decriminalise adultery. Should the legal system be regulating who one decides to sleep with? South Korea has decriminalised adultery, revoking a law that punished cheating spouses with up to two years’ imprisonment. All European nations have decriminalised adultery. While it is not considered a criminal offence in most Western countries, it may still have legal consequences in divorce proceedings.What the courts and the society cannot realize that in any marriage, if there be even a modest degree of satisfactory relationship, the issue of outside marriage is most rare. It is only when relationships are strained or incompatible with day-to-day living, that such issues continue in the society. What the courts also fail to appreciate is that such relationships are consensual and therefore not criminal. The UNO has on several occasions appealed to governments to repeal laws that criminalise adultery.
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      Kamal Pasha
      Oct 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm
      COLONEL WAS KEPT BUSY BY KASHMIRI FREDOM FIGHTERS ON THE BORDERS.
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      1. Ankit Tuli
        Oct 11, 2017 at 8:37 pm
        Women empowerment, women cant be trusted nowadays.
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          TTT
          Oct 11, 2017 at 7:23 pm
          Had this crime been committed by a jawan or lower ranks the punishment could have most drastic and the news had been projected as a trend setter for younger ones. Higher ranked officer/people are always been punished moderately by any means. Here he must have been told to accept the partial Part of crime COI managed the drama. At least something is been awarded. Anyway they (both name and female) are also a humanbeing crime committed one is defamed another is not name even.
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            Vivaan
            Oct 11, 2017 at 6:57 pm
            Hope the lady ws punished too..
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