Thursday, July 14, 2011

Respite for 1st Woman Army Officer to Face Court Martial in India

The Times of India reports that Major Dimple Singla, the first woman officer of the Indian Army to face a court martial has been given a reprieve. The Chandigarh bench of the military tribunal on Wednesday commuted her one-year sentence awarded by the general court martial (GCM), in to dismissal from service.  The court upheld her conviction under section 63 (violation of good order & discipline) of the army act but acquitted her from the charges of section 69 read with prevention of corruption act.  Singla was a member of the legal branch of the Army.  She was found guilty by the GCM on March 3 last year for accepting a bribe of Rs 10000 for favouring an accused during a GCM.