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Major general guilty of sexual misconduct

A military court has found Major General AK Lal guilty of sexual misconduct and awarded him a sentence of dismissal from service, reports HTCorrespondent.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2008 11:04 IST

A military court has found a major general guilty of sexual misconduct and awarded him a sentence of dismissal from service.

Major General AK Lal, a former commander of the Leh-based 3 Infantry Division, faced a general court martial (GCM) in Bathinda after a previous inquiry found evidence against him. Captain Neha Rawat of the Corps of Signals had filed a complaint against Lal last September, alleging that he had misbehaved with her while conducting yoga classes at his residence. Lal is the senior-most officer in the army’s history to be awarded such a sentence on charges sexual misconduct.

The GCM, presided over by 10 Corps commander Lieutenant General R.S. Sujlana, delivered the verdict on Saturday. The sentence is subject to confirmation under the provisions of the Army Act. If a higher authority confirms the verdict, Lal won’t be eligible for retirement benefits. Even after the sentence is confirmed, he has the option of challenging it in a high court or the newly constituted Armed Forces Tribunal.

Maj Gen AK Lal faced a general court martial in Bathinda after a previous inquiry found evidence against him.