Capt Poonam Kaur, dismissed here last week by an Army court martial which found her guilty of falsely accusing her seniors of sexual harassment, has filed a “pre-confirmation” appeal with the Army headquarters in Delhi, seeking a suspension of the sentence.
Kaur has sought suspension of the sentence awarded to her by the general court martial till her appeal was heard by the Army headquarters, her family sources said.
The appeal, filed at the army headquarters in Delhi on Saturday, also includes a request for the reduction of the sentence as Kaur has already been exonerated of three main charges by the court martial, they said.]
The court martial had held Capt Poonam Kaur of the Army Service Corps guilty of seven charges including disobedience of lawful command, acts unbecoming of an officer, levelling false accusations and intent to defraud but acquitted her on three of them pertaining to disobience and intent to defraud.
In July 2008, she had levelled allegations of physical and mental harassment against her seniors but a court of inquiry looking into the matter held her ‘blameworthy´ of professional misconduct, including disobedience, improper contact with the media and getting married accommodation wrongfully.
Kaur, who hails from Jalandhar, is understood to have been in a state of trauma ever since the Army court martial ordered her dismissal with her parents visiting her on Sunday to console her.