Vice Admiral Bimal Verma has once again moved to the Armed Forces Tribunal(AFT) challenging the appointment of his junior Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Indian Navy chief.
Earlier this month,Bimal Verma had moved the AFT challenging karambir Singh appointment.However,he withdrew his petition after the tribunal asked him to first file a statutory complaint with the government under section 23 of the Indian Navy Act.He approached the AFT again as the ministry hasn’t responded to his complaint.
The Vice admiral in his petition has asked why he was overlooked as the next Navy chief despite being the senior most in terms of the length of service.He stated that the government has illegally and in a wrongful manner appointed his junior as the next Navy chief.
Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) is an Indian military tribunal established in 2009 under the Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007.Its Principal Bench is in New Delhi.It also has 11 regional benches.
It’s objective is to adjudicate complaints wrt appointments and conditions of service in respect of persons subject to the (a)Army Act,1950 (b)The Navy Act,1957 and (c)the Air Force Act,1950.It can further provide for appeals arising out of the orders of courts martial held under the above-mentioned Acts.