Army officer faces trial for ‘staying’ with cadet

A Junior Commissioned Officer of the Army is facing court martial for “improperly staying in a hotel room” with an NCC cadet under his command for three nights

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Published: September 11, 2012 1:09 am

A Junior Commissioned Officer of the Army is facing court martial for “improperly staying in a hotel room” with an NCC cadet under his command for three nights.

Sources disclosed that the 21-year-old NCC cadet of 46 Bengal Battalion,NCC,was under Rai’s command while undergoing training for the Republic Day parade. After participating in the Republic Day parade,the JCO took the cadet and kept her in Hotel Mohit at Howrah from February 6 to 8,and for the same period remained absent from his duty,without leave.

The Army conducted an inquiry for more than a year,and found the JCO,Subedar Jagirman Rai of the 56 Bengal Battalion,National Cadet Corps,attached to 12 Engineering Regiment,guilty on two counts — “absenting himself without leave” at Bankura,West Bengal,and “behaving in a manner unbecoming his position and character expected of him,” at Howrah,West Bengal.

“While for the first charge — absenting himself without leave — the JCO could be imprisoned for three years and for the second charge — behaving in a manner unbecoming of his position — he could be dismissed from service,” said an Army officer.

Sources said a number of NCC cadets had deposed against Rai and levelled allegations regarding his “advances” towards them during training camps.

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