Tribunal rejects Lt.Gen`s plea
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 15, 2010, 22:24
New Delhi: The Armed Forces Tribunal today dismissed the petition of a Lieutenant General relating to appointment for the top post of the medical arm of the defence services.

Lt Gen Pradeep Bhargava had approached the Tribunal with a plea for quashing some recent changes made in the Annual Confidential Report (ACR) of Lt Gen Naresh Kumar, arguing that these would hurt his chances of heading the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS).

Bhargava's plea was rejected by the Tribunal Bench headed by Justice S S Kulshreshtha and Lt Gen (retd) S S Dhillon, saying there was "no cause of action".

The Tribunal was of the view that the redressal given to Kumar in his ACR was not impacting Bhargava in any way.

On Bhargava's plea, the Tribunal had stayed the appointment of Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS) and the post has been lying vacant since July 1.

But after today's judgement, the government is likely to initiate the process for appointing the next DGAFMS soon.

Bhargava, Director General Hospital Services, had argued that Kumar is junior to him and the changes made in the ACR would affect his promotional avenues. According to Bhargava, Kumar would become his seniors and would be the front-runner for the post of DGAFMS.

Bhargava is the senior-most officer in the Army Medical Corps after the retirement of former Director General Lt Gen Naresh Parmar 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.

After some of the gradings in Kumar's ACR of 2005 were expunged, he is likely to be considered for promotion under the Selection Board held in 2007, which will make him senior to Bhargava and thus would be front-runner for the top post.

During the hearings, the Defence Ministry had argued that Kumar's review promotion board had not yet taken place and it was not necessary that he would be cleared by it and Bhargava's petition was based on assumptions only.

AFMS is a tri-service organisation and is directly under the Defence Ministry.


First Published: Thursday, July 15, 2010, 22:24

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