Major Gogoi loses six months of seniority as punishment 

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Srinagar

In another embarrassment, Major Leetul Gogoi is going to lose six months of seniority in pension for befriending a Kashmiri woman and taking her to a hotel in Srinagar, media reports said.

According to reports, the Indian Army on Sunday awarded severe reprimand and loss of six months seniority in pension to Major Leetul Gogoi for ‘fraternizing with a local woman in Jammu and Kashmir’.

In May 2018, Gogoi was detained by Jammu and Kashmir police in May last year after an argument broke out between him and staff of a hotel – when Gogoi wanted to check in to the hotel with a young Kashmiri woman.

After the incident came to light, Army chief Bipin Rawat had said that ‘exemplary punishment’ would be given to Gogoi if he was found guilty of ‘any offence’.

Later a Court of Inquiry (CoI) headed by a Brigadier-rank officer was initiated that found him guilty of unauthorized absence from the unit and ‘fraternizing with a local’ in violation of Army instructions in operational areas.

Now Major Gogoi will be posted out of Kashmir. However, he is not being shunted but being transferred as he has completed his tenure in the region in the counter-insurgency force.

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