Antony orders dismissal of Navy officer guilty of having illicit relations with superior’s wife

Decision comes amid another complaint of 'wife swapping' charges against senior Naval officers.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 13, 2013 1:25 am

Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday ordered the dismissal of a senior Naval officer after he was found “guilty of having illicit relations with the wife of his superior”. The incident was reported to have taken place in Southern Command a few years back,said officials.

According to the Indian Navy,the officer is presently a Lieutenant Commander and his dismissal was approved by Antony on the basis of the inquiry report submitted by the Naval Headquarters on charges against him.

During the inquiry,the Navy charged the officer guilty of “stealing the affection of brother officer’s wife”,which is a punishable offence in the armed forces. The dismissal of the officer came at a time when the Navy is in the midst of dealing with a police complaint by the wife of a Lieutenant in Kochi accusing his seniors and colleagues of sexual harassment in a separate incident.

In the latest complaint,the woman also made ‘wife swapping’ charges against senior officers of Navy which is under probe. It is learnt that Navy has also sent a report to the Defence Ministry denying the charges of sexual harassment in an FIR filed in Kochi.

However,sources said the two complaints are not linked and a probe is under way in the latest case. The Navy had earlier claimed that they found the charges of wife swapping to be baseless during its preliminary probe.

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