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Lt Gen in sex taint probe

delhi Updated: Jun 04, 2010 02:22 IST
Rahul Singh
Rahul Singh
Hindustan Times
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The Army is investigating sexual misconduct charges against one of its senior-most generals.

A colonel's wife has accused Lt Gen AK Nanda (59), the Army's Engineer-in-Chief, of sexual misconduct during an official trip to Israel last month. She had travelled to Tel Aviv with her husband, Nanda's then technical secretary.

A senior Army officer, however, said there were loopholes in the accusation and rejected reports that Nanda had resigned or been forced to do so.

"I accompanied my husband on that trip and no such incident took place," Nanda's wife Neerja Nanda said.

It is learnt the woman made the complaint after her husband was transferred out of the Engineer-in-Chief's office.

Army sources also hinted at professional rivalry. Nanda is to retire on October 31. "If he were sacked, the hierarchy of the Engineers' branch would change. There could be vested interests," they said.

What next?

"In such a case, the charges are investigated by a court of inquiry. If the person is found guilty, it may result in a court martial," said Maj Gen Nilendra Kumar (retd), a former judge advocate general.

Two years ago, Maj Gen AK Lal was court-martialled for sexual misconduct.