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Antony asks Navy to give full support to wife-swapping charge probe

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New Delhi: Giving clear signals about ensuring a fair and transparent probe in the Kochi wife swapping allegations, Defence Minister AK Antony has issued strict instructions to the Navy to provide full support in the investigations being done by the Kerala and Delhi Police.

The two police forces are carrying out two separate investigations into the allegations of wife swapping levelled by the spouse of a Navy officer against her husband and his senior colleagues.

The Minister has issued strict instructions to the Navy to provide full cooperation in the investigations being done by the police forces into the matter, Defence Ministry sources said here.

The woman has filed a complaint with the Harbour police station in Kochi and the Vasant Vihar police station in Delhi, alleging she was molested by senior officers in her husband's presence.

After the matter came to light, Antony had sought a report from the Navy on the allegations.

The Navy has been consistently defending its officers and issued a statement, saying, "The wife of the officer has levelled unfair allegations against superior officers in her husband's chain of command, their spouses and other officers who have interacted with her.

"These officers accompanied by their respective spouses had tried to unsuccessfully resolve the issues dogging the couple's personal life in a bid to leverage the strength of the Naval community bond," it had said.

The Navy had conveyed the same to the Defence Ministry in its report.

PTI

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