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Moral turpitude will be dealt with sternly: Army Chief

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NEW DELHI, Sept 4 - Any case of moral turpitude and corruption will be dealt with sternly, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said Tuesday, referring to Major Leetul Gogoi, who was found guilty of �fraternising� with a local woman at a Srinagar hotel.

Gen Rawat said action will be taken against Maj Gogoi according to his guilt.

�I had clearly said that any case of moral turpitude and corruption will be dealt with in a very stern manner. The Court of Inquiry has recommended that we should go in for court martial proceedings.

�If it is related to moral turpitude, then we will take action accordingly. If it is something else, the punishment will be (according) to the crime he has committed,� Gen Rawat told reporters in New Delhi in response to a question on Maj Gogoi.

Last month, an Army Court of Inquiry indicted Maj Gogoi for �fraternising� with a local woman at a Srinagar hotel and being away from his place of duty.

Maj Gogoi was detained by police in May following an altercation when he was allegedly trying to enter a Srinagar hotel with the 18-year-old woman.

Last year, the officer was at the centre of a human shield row after his decision to tie a civilian to the bonnet of his vehicle in Kashmir, purportedly as a shield against stone pelters during polling in Srinagar Lok Sabha by-election.

He was honoured by Gen Rawat with the Army chief�s �Commendation Card� for his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations. � PTI

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Moral turpitude will be dealt with sternly: Army Chief

NEW DELHI, Sept 4 - Any case of moral turpitude and corruption will be dealt with sternly, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said Tuesday, referring to Major Leetul Gogoi, who was found guilty of �fraternising� with a local woman at a Srinagar hotel.

Gen Rawat said action will be taken against Maj Gogoi according to his guilt.

�I had clearly said that any case of moral turpitude and corruption will be dealt with in a very stern manner. The Court of Inquiry has recommended that we should go in for court martial proceedings.

�If it is related to moral turpitude, then we will take action accordingly. If it is something else, the punishment will be (according) to the crime he has committed,� Gen Rawat told reporters in New Delhi in response to a question on Maj Gogoi.

Last month, an Army Court of Inquiry indicted Maj Gogoi for �fraternising� with a local woman at a Srinagar hotel and being away from his place of duty.

Maj Gogoi was detained by police in May following an altercation when he was allegedly trying to enter a Srinagar hotel with the 18-year-old woman.

Last year, the officer was at the centre of a human shield row after his decision to tie a civilian to the bonnet of his vehicle in Kashmir, purportedly as a shield against stone pelters during polling in Srinagar Lok Sabha by-election.

He was honoured by Gen Rawat with the Army chief�s �Commendation Card� for his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations. � PTI

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