Tribunal dismisses retired Maj Gen`s plea for promotion
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Last Updated: Friday, July 23, 2010, 19:12
New Delhi: The Armed Forces Tribunal today dismissed the plea of a Major General seeking promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General three years after retirement.

In his petition, Maj Gen (retd) V K Jain had contended that he was cleared for promotion to the rank of Lt Gen by a Special Selection Board in 2007 but despite that he had to retire due to the lack of vacancies in that rank at that time.

Jain was empanelled for promotion on August 30 along with four other Maj Gens in the staff stream from the 1969 batch.

While other officers got promotions, Jain retired the next day itself since he had already turned 58 and there was no other Lt-Gen vacancy in the "staff stream" at that moment.

The superannuation age for a Maj-Gen is 58, while it is 60 for a Lt-Gen.

In his plea, the retired officer had sought "notional promotion" to the rank of Lt Gen and to be given all the consequential benefits attached with the three-star rank.

Finding "no merits" in his petition, the Tribunal Bench headed by Justice S S Kulshreshtha and Lt Gen (retd) S S Dhillon dismissed the petition.

During the hearing, the Army had argued that Maj Gen Jain was only empanelled for promotion but his elevation to the higher rank was not approved by the authorities concerned.

The officer had reportedly refused to vacate his office for two days after retirement on August 31, 2007 as the Additional Director General (Movements) in the Directorate General of Operations and Logistics.


First Published: Friday, July 23, 2010, 19:12

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