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The army on April 10 declared Lieutenant General (retired) Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardi, Bir Bikram, persona non grata in the cantonment and areas covered by it after the authorities noticed he had spread lies about the army on various social media platforms.

Access to all facilities including the CMH medical services, officers' club, CSD shop etc are prohibited by the army authorities for persona non grata, reads a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate.

"It is to be noted that he got involved in immoral relations with more than one woman while he was the commandant of NDC after he was promoted to the rank of Lt General. He also mixes with many women while travelling abroad with various courses conducted at the NDC," the press release adds.

Being embarrassed when pictures of his indecent behaviour and mixing came to the notice of the authorities through various media, the authorities have advised him in various ways, it adds.

While he was in LPR, he divorced his first wife on August 16, 2018 and married his second wife on November 21, 2018 illegally wearing a mess kit (military dress) – both times without the permission of the authorities.

He has been living in the same house with a female media personality since November 3, 2018, before marriage. Even before the marriage, he celebrated Pahela Baishakh with her and travelled to Sajek Resort in Khagrachari, India, Thailand, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland at various times, which was widely criticised in the military and civilian spheres and social media.

Moreover, the woman he has married is also a "controversial person", the ISPR said.

"Such behaviour of Lt Gen Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardi (Retd) is uncomfortable and embarrassing for the members of the Armed Forces. Such incidents serve as a negative example among officers and other ranks in the army and have adverse effects," the ISPR said in the press release.