Maj Gen Rathore Army`s new Judge Advocate General

The Defence Ministry has cleared the appointment of Maj Gen Prabhu Singh Rathore, a veteran military law expert, as the JAG of the Indian Army.

New Delhi: The Defence Ministry has cleared
the appointment of Maj Gen Prabhu Singh Rathore, a veteran
military law expert, as the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of
the Indian Army.

The JAG is the top law officer of the service and the
chief legal adviser of the Army chief in matters pertaining to
the force`s laws.

The appointment of the JAG was cleared on Friday and the
officer will take over in the next few days, Defence Ministry
sources told .

The top legal post in the Army has been lying vacant
after the retirement of previous incumbent Maj Gen B V Nair,
who superannuated on January 31.

The appointment was delayed as a Lieutenant Colonel had
approached the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) alleging that
Rathore had attempted to adversely impact his career.

After admitting the case, the Kolkata Bench of the Armed
Forces Tribunal had stayed Rathore`s promotion but vacated it
last month.

The case is still on in Kolkata.

Rathore was earlier serving as the Deputy Judge Advocate
General (D-JAG) in the Jaipur-based South Western Army Command
before proceeding to Army Headquarters here after promotion
recently.

With his appointment as JAG, Rathore will have to look
after several important ongoing cases in the Army courts
including the final outcome in the Sukna land scam where Lt
Gen Avadesh Prakash has been recommended for dismissal.

PTI

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