HIGHLIGHTS

  • A serving Army Major General who played a key role in the June 2015 surgical strike on the bases of terrorists in Myanmar has been dismissed for sexually harassing a woman officer
  • The alleged sexual harassment took place in 2016 when he was posted in Kohima as inspector general, Assam Rifles (North)

Guwahati:

A serving Army Major General who played a key role in the June 2015 surgical strike on the bases of militants in Myanmar has been dismissed for sexually harassing a woman officer.

The general court martial (GCM) under the Western Army Command at Chandimandir had last December recommended the dismissal of Major General R S Jaswal after finding him guilty under Section 354A of IPC (sexual harassment) and Section 45 (unacceptable conduct) of the Army Act. The alleged sexual harassment took place in 2016 when he was posted in Kohima as inspector general, Assam Rifles (North). Jaswal has been dismissed without pension. “Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat has confirmed the sentence. His decision was intimated to the Major General,” Army officials told mediapersons.

The Army chief had confirmed last month the sentence against Maj Gen RS Jaswal recommended by the GCM. A source said the alleged incident of sexual harassment took place just a few days before the officer was moving out of Nagaland on posting in December 2016. “A Captain from Judge Advocate General’s Branch submitted a written complaint to her superiors, alleging Maj Gen Jaswal had called her to his room late in the evening for official work and misbehaved with her,” the source said.


Soon after the woman officer’s complaint, Army headquarters attached Maj Gen Jaswal to the 17th Corps at Ranchi for the conduct of disciplinary proceedings. He challenged the disciplinary proceedings before the Delhi bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal and denied the charges against him saying he was a victim of a “factional feud” in the Army’s top hierarchy.


The officer was later attached to an Army formation in Ambala for disciplinary proceedings. The trial, shifted to Chandimandir near Chandigarh, concluded in June 2018. The court martial was chaired by a Lieutenant General and had six Major Generals as members.

 

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