Luring Kashmiri girl case: Disgraced army officer Major Leetul Gogoi shifted out of unit for Summary of Evidence

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The Indian army has shifted Major Leetul Gogoi, who infamously paraded an innocent Kashmiri by tying him to his jeep, out of his unit and attached to local formation headquarters after being indicted by an Army Court of Inquiry for ‘fraternising’ with a local woman in Srinagar, reported news agency PTI quoting officials.

Major Leetul Gogoi

Late last month, the CoI had found Major Leetul Gogoi guilty in a case related to his presence in a Srinagar hotel with a Kashmiri girl earlier this year.

While ordering a disciplinary action against the controversial army officer, the CoI held Gogoi accountable for “fraternising with locals inspite of instructions to the contrary and for being away from the place of duty while in operational area.”

A report by Indian Express said that after the Corps Commander’s approval of CoI’s findings, Army authorities will frame charges against the officer citing relevant provisions of the Army Act. They can then decide to either punish the officer or convene a court-martial to try the officer.

He was accused of luring a Kashmiri girl into visiting him inside the hotel in May this year. Gogoi, who had tied a man to a jeep in Kashmir purportedly as a shield against stone pelters, was caught allegedly with a woman from a hotel in Sringar.

Local correspondents had then said that police had caught Major Gogoi in ‘compromising position’ from Mamata Hotel in Sringar. “Major Gogoi is being detained as the questioning is underway. Cops are trying to ascertain the identity of the woman and another man accompanying them,” one local source had said on the condition of anonymity.

Although he denied allegations, the mother of Kashmiri girl, who Major Gogoi had lured into visiting inside a hotel in Srinagar, had sensationally revealed that the controversial army officer had once barged inside her house very late at night.

On Tuesday, the army officials said that Gogoi was shifted out of his unit in Budgam and ‘attached’ to Awantipora-based Victor Force headquarters. The disgraced army officer will now face Summary of Evidence, a process similar to framing of charges. The process is likely to take three months.

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