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Anjali Gupta released

Staff Reporter

No evidence of clinical psychiatric disorders

BANGALORE: The Indian Air Force (IAF) administration has released Flying Officer Anjali Gupta from `close arrest' (house arrest).

The IAF spokesman, Wing Commander V.M. Raghunath, said on Thursday that Ms. Gupta, who is facing charges of insubordination and irregularity before a general court martial, was released from `close arrest' by the administration on May 24. She was found to have no evidence of any clinical psychiatric disorders by a panel of psychiatrists, including one from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences in the Command Hospital.

It was on May 24 that the IAF administration took Ms. Gupta to the Institute of Aerospace Medicine and then to the Command Hospital to study whether she had any suicidal tendencies and, if so, to eliminate them. This was necessary for the administration to decide on keeping her free from `close arrest.'

She was placed under `close arrest' after she made a statement before the Karnataka State Commission for Women on April 8 that she "is on the verge of taking her life" because of perceived harassment. Following this, two escorts stayed with Ms. Gupta in the Air Force Officers' Mess in Vishwa Vihar. Gp. Capt. R. Vijay Kumar, who is the fourth officer to defend Ms. Gupta in the court martial, on Thursday asked the jury to relieve him as Ms. Gupta has expressed lack of confidence in him. "As the accused is continuing to express this, I may be permitted to withdraw honourably and attend my assignment in New Delhi," he said.

This remark by Gp. Capt. Kumar was prompted by Ms. Gupta's comments at the start of Thursday's proceedings. She asked the jury to permit her to have a look at the proceedings during the period of psychological evaluation.

When the prosecutor, Wg. Cdr. R.K. Dubey, said that Gp. Capt. Kumar had all the information, she replied: "I do not have confidence in Gp. Capt. Kumar. I want to know from the court."

The presiding officer, Gp. Capt. V. Ganesh, disallowed Ms. Gupta's objections and directed Gp. Capt. Kumar to continue to be the defending officer till Ms. Gupta brings in a civil defending counsel (advocate). Wg. Cdr. Dubey then read an opening statement, which contained the seven charges against Ms. Gupta.

He examined the first witness, Wg. Cdr. R.K. Choudhury, who worked as Adjutant at the ASTE between December 20, 2004 and April 11, 2005. Wg. Cdr. Choudhury is one of the four IAF officers whom Ms. Gupta had accused of harassing her. A court of enquiry has been constituted to look into Ms. Gupta's allegation. Wg. Cdr. Choudhury produced before the jury the documents related to the seven charges.

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