The Indian Army has ordered disciplinary action against Major Leetul Gogoi for being in a hotel in Srinagar with a local girl on May 23.
A court of inquiry, which was set up after a controversy broke out over Major Gogoi’s presence at the Srinagar hotel with the girl, has found him accountable for “fraternising with locals [in violation of] instructions to the contrary” and “being away from the place of duty while in operational area.”
Gogoi was detained by the Jammu and Kashmir Police from the Srinagar hotel after an altercation broke out between him and the hotel’s staff. The altercation was reported to be over his presence there with a local girl.
In the days after the incident, Army chief General Bipin Rawat had promised exemplary punishment for Gogoi if the major was found to be in violation of the service’s rules.
Major Gogoi was previously in controversy during last year’s bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat after he tied a civilian to the bonnet of an Army jeep in order to help his team of soldiers and some government officials escape from a polling station that had come under the attack of stone-pelters.