New Delhi: A Lt General today approached the
Armed Forces Tribunal with a plea for quashing some recent
changes made in the Annual Confidential Record of another
officer of same rank, arguing that these would hurt his
chances of heading the Armed Forces Medical Services.
Lt General Pradeep Bhargava, Director General Hospital
Services argued that Lt Gen Naresh Kumar is junior to him and
the changes made in his ACR would make him senior and would be
the front-runner for the post of Director General Armed Forces
In his plea, Bhargava has contended that there is some
"underhand design" in giving redressal to Kumar in his ACR,
which was written when he was a Brigadier.
Lt Gen Kumar is now the head of Delhi-based Army
Research and Referral Hospital.
The Tribunal Bench headed by Justice S S Kulshreshtha
and Lt Gen S S Dhillon asked Lt Col Naveen Sharma,
representing the Army, to produce all the relevant records of
the officers concerned in the next hearing of the case.
Bhargava is the senior-most officer in the Army Medical
Corps after the present Director General Lt Gen Naresh Parmar,
who retires on June 30.
Both Bhargava and Kumar were cleared for promotion from
Maj Gen to Lt Gen by a Selection Board in 2008 after being
rejected earlier in 2007.
If some of the gradings are expunged from Kumar`s ACR,
he will be considered for promotion under the Selection Board
held in 2007, which will make him senior to Bhargava and would
be front-runner for the post of DG, AFMS --the post which
falls vacant on July 1.
Kumar`s promotion board is likely to be held soon.
The Armed Forces Medical Services is a tri-service
organisation and is directly under the Defence Ministry.