Amit-Anjali Gupta had a live-in relationship, alleges her family
Sep 12, 2011
Former IAF flying officer Anjali, dismissed in 2006, committed suicide. She was found hanging from a ceiling fan on Sunday at Amit's Bhopal home.
Bhopal city superintendent of police Rajesh Singh Bhadoria said, "We have detained Amit for interrogation."
Anjali's mother Uma Gupta, elder sister Alka Garg and brother-in-law Jitendra Garg rushed to Bhopal after they learnt her suicide. "The family alleged Amit and Anjali had a live-in relationship for several years and that he had promised to marry her," Bhadoria told reporters.
He quoted Anjali's family members saying Amit's wife knew about the relationship and had objected to it. It had led to strained relations between Amit and his wife, said Bhadoria.
Amit had told the police on Sunday that he did not know Anjali's family and that she had "halted during her journey" in Bhopal.
Probe revealed Amit knew Anjali's family. He had met them several times in Delhi and this was Anjali's third visit to Bhopal, said police.
Amit was Anjali's senior when she had joined the IAF in Belgaum, said police. They had worked together in Bangalore, Delhi and Jammu. It was then that Amit's wife had got a wind of their relationship, said police.
Jitendra said the police should investigate why Anjali went to Amit's house and if they had quarreled. Amit had promised to marry Anjali after divorcing his wife, he said.
Amit was in Bhopal's cantonment area on Monday. A resident of Bhopal, he is posted in Nagpur. Police detained him in the evening. Anjali was alone in his house when she committed suicide. Gupta had gone to Delhi for his son's engagement.
As an officer in the IAF, Anjali had leveled allegations of sexual harassment against her superiors.
In 2005, a general court martial of the IAF had found Anjali guilty on five counts, including indiscipline, insubordination, and financial irregularity, and recommended she be cashiered - dishonorably discharged - from service. Upholding the ruling, then Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi, had issued an executive order terminating her service. But he had reduced her sentence from "cashiering to mere dismissal". On being cashiered, an armed forces officer is stripped of his or her rank.