Consider retired officer for appointment: Tribunal
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 08, 2010, 20:10
New Delhi: The Armed Forces Tribunal has asked the Defence Ministry to consider a Lieutenant General, who retired on August 31, for the top post of the armed forces medical services.

Hearing a fresh plea filed by Lt Gen Pradeep Bhargava, the Tribunal Bench headed by Chairperson Justice A K Mathur said if the post of Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services (DG, AFMS) is lying vacant since July when the Lt Gen was in service, then he should also be considered for appointment.

The post had fallen vacant on July 1 this year after the retirement of Lt Gen Naresh Parmar but till now the Ministry has not held the promotion board to fill up the vacancy and Lt Gen Naresh Kumar is the officiating DG, AFMS.

Earlier in May this year, Bhargava had approached the Tribunal seeking quashing of changes made in the annual confidential report of Kumar, contending that it would hurt his chances of becoming the DG, AFMS.

The Bench, headed by Justice S S Kulshreshtha and Lt Gen (retd) S S Dhillon, had declined any relief to him and observed there was "no cause of action". It said the redressal given to Kumar in his ACR was not impacting Bhargava.

Bhargava had contended that he was senior to Kumar but the redressal given to him in his ACR would make him junior as he would be considered for promotion from Maj Gen to Lt Gen rank from a back date.

The medical arm of the services is under the Defence Ministry.

An officer gets two more years in service after his appointment as DG, AFMS.

Another retired three-star officer-- Air Marshal Madhusudanan, has also approached the Tribunal for being appointed as the DG, AFMS.


First Published: Wednesday, September 08, 2010, 20:10

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