New Delhi: The Supreme Court has refused
to interfere with an order of the Armed Forces Tribunal
directing the Navy to consider a commodore-rank officer for
promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral.
The apex court dismissed the petition filed by the
Navy challenging the Tribunal`s verdict against it to consider
Commodore A R Vardhan for promotion by a fresh review
A Bench comprising Justices J M Panchal and H L Dattu
did not find merit in the appeal against the Tribunal`s
order which had set aside the Commodore`s Annual Confidential
Reports (ACR) for the period January 1, 2003 to January 15,
Vardhan`s counsel Group Captain Karan Singh Bhati said
the ACR, rejected by the Tribunal, contained adverse remarks
against the Commodore which came in the way of his promotion.
Bhati said if Vardhan, who retired on November 30 last
year, is found fit to be promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral
by the Navy, he will get an extension of two years in service.
While a Commodore retires at the age of 56, a Rear Admiral
does so when he is 58.
After the Navy did not implement the Tribunal`s order,
Vardhan had filed another plea last month before the Tribunal
to get the order executed.
The Tribunal had then asked the Navy to implement its
orders by August 31.
In the meantime, Navy preferred to file an appeal
against the order of the Tribunal.