The Chief of Naval Officers on Friday awarded letter of severe displeasure to six officers while recommending court martial for the commanding officer following a probe into INS Sindhuratna fire case that left two officers dead in February 2014, reports stated on Tuesday.
Former Navy chief admiral DK Joshi, who resigned in the wake of a blast in a submarine last year, on Tuesday made a sharp criticism of the defence management in the previous government and alleged there was no accountability and authority.
Taking over from a predecessor who had quit midway owing to a series of mishaps, Navy Chief Admiral Robin Dhowan on Thursday said the force will ensure that such accidents do not happen in future and personnel follow laid down rules without resorting to shortcuts which lead to such incidents.
Vice Admiral Robin K Dhowan is most likely to be the next chief of the Indian Navy with reports on Wednesday suggesting that the Defence Ministry has recommended his name to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the coveted post.
Not satisfied with Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi`s resignation following a spate of accidents involving warships, BJP on Friday demanded that Defence Minister AK Antony step down taking moral responsibility for the incidents.
After the sudden resignation of Navy chief, Admiral DK Joshi over the spate of accidents involving naval warships, all eyes are on Western Navy commander, Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha under whose command three submarine mishaps took place in the last seven months.
Notwithstanding allegations of wife swapping against its officers, the Navy on Tuesday said there were no cases of "sexual offence" against its personnel and it follows "zero tolerance" in such matters.
In the wake of reports about Chinese hackers allegedly penetrating Naval files, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral DK Joshi said there is so far no evidence of any `intentional` transfer of files to anybody.