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Charges are trivial, says Anjalli Gupta

Staff Reporter

General court martial not warranted: defending officer

BANGALORE: Indian Air Force Officer Anjalli Gupta, who is facing court martial on seven charges, said on Friday that the charges against her were trivial and suffered from legal errors.

Her defending officer, Vijay Bhupesh, said the charges did not warrant a "general court martial," and should be referred back to the convening authority.

Allowance only for scooter

Earlier, presiding officer V. Ganesh read out the charges.

The first charge was that she falsely claimed Rs. 1,080 as road mileage allowance, stating she had used her car for an official journey.

Wing Commander Bhupesh said Ms. Gupta did not have a car and owned only a scooter. Road mileage allowance was given not for cars but only for scooters.

The second charge was she said she had gone to New Delhi by train, while she had flown a service aircraft.

The third charge: she reported to an Indian Air Force office in Bangalore one day when she had actually done so a day earlier.

Wing Commander Bhupesh said both the charges arose from one and the same incident and Ms. Gupta produced documents to show that she had travelled by train.

The fourth charge was that she snatched a food packet meant for an IAF official from a mess boy and threw it in the IAF mess.

Wing Commander Bhupesh said the packet was not meant for an official.

The fifth charge was that Ms. Gupta failed to attend physical training on January 27, 2005 without giving any reason. The sixth and seventh charges were that she had not given sufficient cause for not attending the morning briefing session on two days.

He said there were no station orders or policy letters classifying these charges as offences.

Wing Commander Bhupesh said the charge sheet issued along with the order convening the general court martial was a "draft charge sheet."

"There is nothing as a draft charge sheet under Air Force Rules." The convening authority failed to ensure that the charges were framed as per the Indian Air Force Act.

Plea rejected

The jury, before reading out the charges, dismissed Ms. Gupta's plea seeking 15 days' time to engage an advocate.

"The court, in its earlier order, permitted you to bring an advocate at any stage of the trial. For this reason, we cannot adjourn the case," the presiding officer said.

Ms. Gupta, in her written plea, said that considering the complexity of her case, she was not sure of getting justice from the men in uniform.

She was in contact with five advocates in New Delhi, Kerala and Chandigarh and wanted to meet them personally.

"My parents cannot do it as they are not from the defence stream."

The court martial proceedings were adjourned to Monday for prosecutor R.K. Dubey to reply to her objections.

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