Embarrassed Navy dismisses officer

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New Delhi, April 15: In a major embarrassment to the Navy, a senior officer has been dismissed from service after it was found that he was guilty of sending lewd messages to women.

This dismissal comes after another officer who was found guilty of having illicit relations with his superior's wife.

The decision was taken by by the General Court Martial (GCM) in Mumbai

The name of the officer in the rank of Commander (equal to Lieutenant Colonel in Army) was recommended for dismissal by a court martial in January this year. He was later dismissed from service, Navy spokesperson Commander P V Satish said here.

He said the officer was dismissed on the charges of 'unbecoming of an officer' as he was using multiple numbers to send lewd messages to several women both in and out of the force.

While the Navy has been busy shielding its officers saying there was "no merit" in the charges, the Defence Minister has made it clear that strict action would be taken if anyone was found guilty in the case.

In the recent times, there have been several cases of misconduct in the Navy including one involving a Commodore- level officer who was dismissed for having sexual relations with a woman in Russia during his posting there to oversee the construction of aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov.

OneIndia News (With inputs from PTI)

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