Vice Admiral Bimal Verma (File photo)
Vice Admiral Bimal Verma (File photo)

Vice Admiral Bimal Verma to challenge Karambir Singh's appointment as Navy chief

ANI | Updated: May 18, 2019 20:05 IST

New Delhi [India], May 18 (ANI): Vice Admiral Bimal Verma will challenge the Defence Ministry's decision to reject his plea for being overlooked for appointment as the next Navy Chief and request the court to hear his plea before Vice Admiral Karambir Singh takes over the command of the force on May 31.
"The government has rejected the representation of the Vice Admiral. Therefore, as per law, we would be withdrawing the present petition with liberty to challenge the order issued by the government and request the tribunal to hear the matter before the new chief takes over," Vice Admiral Verma's lawyer Ankur Chhibber told ANI.
The Defence Ministry on Friday had rejected the plea of Vice Admiral Verma, who has challenged the appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of the Indian Navy.
Verma had questioned the government's decision of overlooking him for the post of Navy chief despite he being the seniormost.
Rejecting his statutory complaint filed on April 10, Defence Ministry's Joint Secretary (Navy) Richa Mishra had clarified that though seniority is an important criterion while appointing services chiefs, it is not the "sole" criteria. It has been dispensed with in the past too while appointing the Navy chiefs. (ANI)