Sodomised Army jawan gets relief
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 09, 2010, 19:45
  
New Delhi: A young Army jawan allegedly sodomised by a senior colleague four years back and subsequently sent out of service for being "medically unfit" today got relief from the Armed Forces Tribunal which pulled up his Regiment for covering up the incident.

The Tribunal ordered the Army to conduct a fresh clinical examination of Mukesh Kumar within three months and pay him disability pension if he was found medically unfit.

It also directed the Army to get the medical test done by a doctor other than the one who had previously performed it and opined that his bad physical condition was not due to military service.

Kumar was enrolled in Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre here and three months after joining Army, he was allegedly sexually assaulted by his instructor at night, according to his petition filed through Colonel S R Kalkal.

He filed a complaint with Army from the Base Hospital where he was being treated following which a Court of Inquiry (COI) was ordered which found the charges to be true.

To save the prestige of the unit and the Army, the guilty Havaldar was asked to leave the Service without any punishment, said the petition.

Agreeing with his contention, the two-member Bench headed by Justice A K Mathur, said the Regimental authorities covered up the incident to save the prestige of the unit.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, September 09, 2010, 19:45


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