Srinagar Hotel case: Major Gogoi shifted out of his unit, 'attached' to formation HQ for Summary of Evidence

The Army is likely to decide further action in the case which may include General Court Martial or Summary General Court Martial.

Published: 18th September 2018 06:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th September 2018 12:00 AM   |  A+A-

Army Major Leetul Gogoi.

Express News Service

SRINAGAR: After being indicted by Army's Court of Inquiry (CoI) for fraternising with a local woman in Srinagar in May this year, Major Leetul Gogoi has been shifted out from his unit in central Kashmir and attached with Victor force headquarters in south Kashmir.

An official said Major Gogoi, who was posted with army's 53 RR at Beerwah in central Kashmir Budgam district, has been shifted from his unit after the CoI indicted him and ordered disciplinary action against him. He said Major Gogoi was shifted out of his unit in central Kashmir and attached to army's Awantipora-based Victor Force headquarters that looks after the entire south Kashmir.

The official said disciplinary proceedings against Gogoi have begun and he would now face Summary of Evidence, a process similar to framing of charges. The Summary of Evidence process would take at least three months to complete.

Major Gogoi had been last month indicted by Army's Court of Inquiry (CoI) for fraternising with a local woman in Srinagar in May this year. The CoI had ordered disciplinary action against him after Gogoi was caught with a young local girl by police in May this year. He had booked a room in Srinagar hotel online for a night for two guests in the name of businessman on May 23.

However, the hotel staff denied accommodation to him after they found a local girl accompanying him on May 23. After being denied accommodation, he and another army man had an altercation with the hotel staff and locals. After the altercation, the cops detained Major Gogoi, the girl and another army man and lodged them in Police Station Khanyar. They were later set free after questioning.

Gogoi had not informed his superiors before leaving the camp on May 23 and this was viewed very seriously by army commanders as they considered it as a "major breach" of Standard Operational Procedure (SOP).

Major Gogoi had caused massive outrage after using a youth as a human shield and tying in him front of bonnet of army vehicle in central Kashmir's Budgam during bypolls to Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in April last year.

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, who had backed him for using youth as a human shield against stone pelters and honoured him with Army Chief's 'Commendation card', showed no mercy against him after he was caught with a girl by a police. Gen Rawat warned that exemplary punishment would be given to Gogoi if he was found guilty of any offence.

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