New Delhi: An Indian Army Lieutenant General has been accused of molestation by his subordinate officer`s wife. The army Thursday ordered a probe and said there were a "number of loopholes" in the complaint. However, wife of Nanda, today dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against him.
Lt. Gen. A.K. Nanda, the Army`s Engineer-in-Chief, allegedly molested his technical secretary`s wife during a trip to Israel, the victim`s complaint said.
"There are some allegations. Preliminary investigations show that there are number of loopholes in the account of allegations. Further investigations are in progress," an army statement said.
It also said that Lt. Gen. Nanda "has neither resigned nor (has he) been asked to put up his resignation".
The statement came after news channels reported that Nanda had been asked to quit in the wake of the molestation charge.
However, Neerja Nanda, wife of Lt General A K Nanda, today dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against him and vouched for his character.
"I have been married to my husband for the last 35 years. I know he is an upright, principled and disciplined officer with a high code of moral conduct. I vouch 100 percent for his character," she said reacting to reports of a Colonel-rank officer`s wife accusing Nanda of misbehaving with her during a recent trip to Israel.
"I accompanied him on the trip in question. I was with him throughout. I vouch no such incident took place," Neerja insisted.
Referring to reports about Nanda, she said the "rumours that are being circulated are fictitious. There is no element of truth whatsoever".
"Let the Army conduct an inquiry. Truth will prevail," she said.
Earlier Thursday, as news of the complaint broke, a senior army officer told IANS: "The (Indian Army) chief won`t tolerate such behaviour and if it is found to be true, action will be taken."
Nanda, who has about one year of service left, has also served as the director general of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
The complaint had been lodged with Bharti Singh, the wife of Indian Army chief Gen. V.K. Singh. Bharti Singh heads the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA).
The technical secretary is now posted in Bhopal.
Nanda`s wife has described the charge against her husband as "not true" and said he "is a highly disciplined officer with a high moral character".
"I would like to clarify that all this is not true. I vouch 100 percent for the character of my husband," Neerja Nanda told reporters.
"He is a highly disciplined officer with a high moral character. No such incident ever happened. I would rather say that the army conduct its inquiry and the truth will prevail," she added.
Neerja also pointed out that she had accompanied her husband to Israel when the incident is alleged to have happened.
IANS, agencies inputs