New Delhi, May 22: After filing a fresh petition by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, the Armed Force Tribunal (AFT) has asked for all records pertaining to selection of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next navy chief on next hearing on May 29.
The incumbent navy chief, Admiral Sunil Lanba will retire on May 31.
The AFT in its ruling said, if found merit in petition then new appointment (of Vice Adm Karmabir Singh) can be put on hold.
On Saturday, the Defence Ministry had rejected his petition on three grounds including Navy War Room Leak case when he was posted in Naval Operations Directorate, never commanded any operational command and also doesn't have PVSM.
Vice Admiral Verma had on April 10 contested the government’s decision against selecting him despite him being the most senior officer in the force.
On April 25, the Armed Forces Tribunal in Delhi had given the Defence Ministry three weeks to decide on a petition filed by Vice Admiral Verma about Vice Admiral Singh’s appointment.
Citing selection of Lt Gen Cariappa (later Field Marshal) available, the AFT said if seniority alone can be the criteria for selection of new navy chief then it will be a clerical selection but 'merit' should have brain. (UNI)