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Probe ordered into harassment charge

Expressing concern over allegations by a woman Army officer of “physical and mental torture” by her seniors, Defence Minister AK Antony ordered an inquiry into the incident. HT reports.
By HT Correspondent | None, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2008 02:19 AM IST

Expressing concern over allegations by a woman Army officer of “physical and mental torture” by her seniors, Defence Minister AK Antony on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the incident.

However, the Army Service Corps (ASC) Major General Kamal Mohey, while addressing the media persons, seemed to be defending the officers. The intervention of the defence minister is significant as the army officials had termed the allegations leveled by the woman officer as “baseless”.

Mohey informed media persons that a court of enquiry had been ordered to investigate the allegations leveled by the officer. Mohey said that the three officers who included commanding officer Col. R.K. Sharma, Lt. Col. Ajay Chawla and Major Suraj Bhan were responsible officers.

On Tuesday, Capt. Poonam Kaur, posted at the Army Service Corps battalion at Kalka had leveled allegations of physical and mental harassment against three officials of her battalion. Poonam had alleged that in an attempt to harass her, the officers had posted her at a detachment unit. When she decided to take up the matter with the Major General (ASC), she was kept under house arrest, Poonam had further alleged.

Mohey categorically denied that Poonam was under house arrest. “I checked up on this and her colleagues also visited her at her residence,” Mohey said. The civilians, however, were not allowed at her official residence, which was in accordance with army rules.

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