Lt Col to face court martial on sexual abuse charge
A Lieutenant Colonel will face General Court Martial (GCM) on the charge of sexually abusing his attendant or sahayak.chandigarh Updated: Feb 15, 2012 19:51 IST
A Lieutenant Colonel will face General Court Martial (GCM) on the charge of sexually abusing his attendant or sahayak.
Lt Col Sarup Singh Sidhu, an infantry officer, was posted as administrative commandant at Palampur (Himachal Pradesh) when the complaint was lodged in 2010. A jawan, who was serving him as his sahayak, alleged that the officer indulged in 'unbecoming conduct'.
The Court of Inquiry indicted Lt Col Sidhu and the summary of evidence was conducted at Mamoon cantonment, Pathankot.
Lt Col Sidhu is no stranger to controversy.
Last year, Kharak Singh Bajwa, an Australia-based NRI, had sent a written complaint to the Western Command, alleging that Lt Col Sidhu took Rs 30 lakh and three mobile phones worth Rs 1.2 lakh from him on the pretext of settling criminal cases the former was facing.
As per Bajwa, who had a share in Ivy Hospital, SAS Nagar, at that time, Lt Col Sidhu claimed that he (Sidhu) had close links with the DGP and the IG (headquarters).
Bajwa claimed that when he failed to get any relief from the Punjab Police, he asked about his money from Lt Col Sidhu, but the latter allegedly threatened to join hands with other partners of the hospital.
When Bajwa threatened to complain against him to the Western Command, Lt Col Sidhu returned Rs 15 lakh. Bajwa alleged that the army officer pocketed Rs 15 lakh and three mobile phones.
In his reply to the Western Command, Lt Col had replied that the complaint was filed to prejudice the military authorities, who were conducting disciplinary proceedings against him.
Requesting that the complaint be ignored, he said Bajwa was briefly acquainted with him through a lawyer and no further interaction had ever taken place between them.
Lt Col Sidhu had also been questioned by the CBI in the case of army contractor Darshan Lal, who had disappeared from Ferozepur cantonment on June 6, 2004.