Anjali Gupta : The First Flying Officer !

Anjali Gupta is used to work for the Aircraft Systems and Testing Establishment unit in Bangalore. Anjali completed her Masters of Philosophy in Sociology from the Delhi University and was first posted at Belgaum in 2001. Flying Officer Anjali Gupta was an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer who served in Air Force from 2001 to 2006.

She was the first female officer in India and in the Air Force to be court martialled. She was working at the Aircraft Systems and Testing Establishment in Bangalore.

Anjali Gupta Early life and education

She was born in Delhi to schoolteacher mother, Uma Gupta, and a bank officer father. Anjali was the second of three sisters. And she was completed her graduation and post-graduation in Psychology and also had an M.Phil. in Psychology from Delhi University.

She joined IAF through Short Service Commission (SSC) officer in the Education branch and was first posted at Belgaum, Karnataka in 2001.

Allegations of harassment

Anjali Gupta filed a case against three of her superiors at a police station in Bangalore ,in February 2005 . And in the cas the police asked her to resolve the issue with her superiors. In the Karnataka High Court, demanding an enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation and later she was approached.

A few days after Anjali Gupta alleged in a TV interview , At the workplace she was a victim of sexual harassment, General Court Martial (GCM) proceedings against her were initiated.

Trial and dismissal

In trial session Anjali was placed under house arrest after she made a statement before the Karnataka State Commission for Women that she “is on the verge of taking her life” because of alleged harassment by her superiors. IAF administration had her examined by a panel of psychiatrists comprising doctors from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences and Institute of Aerospace Medicine. After that she was admitted to Command Hospital.

Falsely claiming travel allowance and throwing a breakfast parcel of her senior’s were among the fifteen offenses she was initially accused of. In the final chargesheet, the number of charges was reduced to seven.

Five-member General Court Martial (GCM) jury convicted her of misappropriating funds, insubordination and failure to report for duty in 2005 , Anjali Dismissed from service .


She was found hanging at a relative’s home in Bhopal on 11 September 2011 .Police have detained her former colleague Group Captain Amit Gupta for questioning over her alleged suicide. Her parents have informed the media that Group Captain Amit Gupta and Anjali were in a relationship and living together.