Court martial finds Colonel guilty of abusing subordinate, asking another to strip

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  1. sandeepdg

    sandeepdg Senior Member Senior Member

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    NEW DELHI: A Colonel has been "severely reprimanded" by the Army after a General Court Martial (GCM) found him guilty of abusing one of his subordinates and asking another to strip.

    Colonel Vikramjeet Singh, the then Commandant of 39 Assam Rifles, was deployed in the North-East at the time of the incident where he allegedly asked one of his unit's Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) to strip for not producing an official document.

    The GCM had also levelled two other charges against him including that of hurling abuses at the Subedar Major of the Unit and of stripping another Naib Subedar naked but the officer was acquitted of the last charge.

    Contending that he was "falsely framed up", Singh has approached the Armed Forces Tribunal urging it to quash the GCM, which awarded him a sentence of forfeiture of two years past service for the purpose of pension and to be severely reprimanded. The Army action will also adversely impact on his promotions.

    "Sentence of GCM should be quashed and set aside with it being legally unsustainable on the point of evidence, with heavy compensation for the harassment, humiliation and loss of prestige in the Army," Singh's counsel Major K Ramesh said here.

    He claimed that Singh was a strict Commanding Officer and the personnel of Assam Rifles could not digest this work under stress and strain and a handful of disgruntled men even allegedly used criminal force one day against him in his office and thus committed an offence of mutiny.

    "Instead of taking cognizance of this serious offence against the JCO the Army authorities heard their sob story and made out offences allegedly committed 2-3 years ago against Singh," Ramesh added.

    He said even in the GCM, Singh has been cleared off the charge of stripping the JCO naked, which was the most serious allegation against him.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...king-another-to-strip/articleshow/7185945.cms
     
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  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    It would be difficult to comment on this case without more details.

    Prima facie, it is the most ridiculous order given to the JCO, if indeed it was given that I have ever heard of.

    In fact, it is an illegal order as per the Military Law and the person asked to strip could not only refuse the order, but also file a Redress of Grievance.

    One wonders the veracity since the GCM has not found the CO guilty of this.

    On the issue of using criminal force on the CO, the CO should have arrested them and reported the matter to the Bde for necessary disciplinary action.
     
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    Yes, sir, this is a really abusive order given to a JCO. And if criminal force was used against the CO, then why didn't he report the matter to the higher up authorities, they would have definitely been punished.
     

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