Lt Gen-rank officer asked to retire before superannuation

The Indian Army has "forced" a Lieutenant General-rank officer to retire from service on a short 24-hour notice, four months before his scheduled date of superannuation.

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2011, 22:21 PM IST

New Delhi: The Indian Army has "forced" a
Lieutenant General-rank officer to retire from service on a
short 24-hour notice, four months before his scheduled date of
superannuation.

Lt Gen JK Srivastava, Director General (DG), Remount
and Veterinary Corps (RVC) was served the retirement notice on
the evening of February 22, when he had gone to Gujarat on a
temporary duty.

Seeking redressal against the "arbitrary" move by the
army, the officer has approached the Armed Forces Tribunal
(AFT) against the order.

"He was asked to come back to Delhi and receive his
retirement order from next day on February 23. We have filed a
petition before the Armed Forces Tribunal, which has asked the
army to file its report within a week", Srivastava`s counsel
Brigadier AK Srivastava said.

The officer was supposed to retire from the army on
June 30 this year after completing 39 years of service at the
age of 61, the counsel added.

"He was promoted to the rank of DG in February 2009.
In August 2009, the Military Secretary (MS) branch confirmed
his retirement at the age of 61. In August 2010, he got his
retirement orders saying that he will go on superannuation on
June 31 2011", he said.

Lt Gen Srivastava filed the petition in Tribunal on
February 23, where the the two-member Bench of Justice SS
Kulshreshtha and Lt Gen ZU Shah admitted the petition and
asked army to file its reply within a week.

"But at 1700 hours on February 23, Lt Gen Srivastava
was handed over the retirement orders with immediate effect",
said Brig Srivastava.

PTI