Lieutenant Colonel to be tried for 8 charges as Supreme Court has refused to grant any relief

A controversial military intelligence officer, who made several wild allegations of custodial killings against his superior officers that were rejected after scrutiny by the judicial system, has been found culpable of violating service norms and will face a summary general court martial next week.

Lt Col Dharamvir Singh, who is currently being housed at an undisclosed location in the Northeast, will be tried on eight charges of indiscipline and violations of the Arms Act after his commanding officer found him culpable after an investigation earlier this year.

Sources told ET that the officer—whose legal fight to evade the army’s actions have been supported by non-government organisations in the Northeast—has been found culpable of unit-level derelictions, security lapses and disobedience of lawful command.

The officer has also been found blameworthy under three charges of the Arms Act and is likely to face dismissal from service and imprisonment after the proceedings.

The administrative orders for the summary general court martial—a procedure designed to give swift justice to subordinate officers—have been issued after the Supreme Court cleared the way for action by disposing off all appeals made by Lt Col Singh.

The officer had made several appeals in the Manipur High Court against the army action and had also alleged that an army intelligence unit—the 3 CISU—had been involved in fake encounters and custodial killings. However, the petitions were dismissed by the court.

Action against the officer is being taken after his successor at the 3 CISU found irregularities and violations while taking over charge. The officer filed two complaints against Singh in June and July 2018 that brought out serious violations under the Arms Act.

Sources said the army is concerned that the officer has been levelling unsubstantiated allegations to malign the organisation and has been keeping a close watch on his activities.

Another appeal by the officer, alleging that unaccounted arms and ammunition were present at an army unit, is currently being heard by the court but the Manipur police has termed it as not maintainable.

Earlier, Lt Col Singh had approached the courts three times to get his choice of a last posting at Mumbai, which was rejected by the army.

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