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Armed Forces Tribunal seeks Centre's reply within three weeks on Vice-Admiral Bimal Verma's plea challenging Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh's appointment

New Delhi: The Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) on Thursday directed the Central government to submit its response within three weeks in connection with a petition filed by Vice-Admiral Bimal Verma challenging the appointment of his junior Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh as the next navy chief.

 Armed Forces Tribunal seeks Centres reply within three weeks on Vice-Admiral Bimal Vermas plea challenging Vice-Admiral Karambir Singhs appointment

File image of Vice-Admiral Bimal Verma. ANI

Talking to ANI, the lawyers representing Verma, Ankur Chhibber and Verma's daughter Rhea Verma said, "The court took the matter today and directed the government to submit its reply in three weeks time. The government has told the court that it will reply in four weeks regarding the appeal filed on 23 April, seeking to stay the government order of 23 March to appoint Karambir Singh as the next navy chief instead of him." Rhea said, "The central government has to positively decide on this complaint by 15 May. The matter is now listed for 20 May."

Chhibber said, "We filed the statutory complaint on 10 April which was received by the government on 11 April. We requested the central government to decide the matter expeditiously in 10 days. Since the 10 days came to an end two days back, we filed the petition which was taken up by the court today. The Government's counsel said that they want four weeks for disposal of the appeal. The Court has asked the government to respond within three weeks from today. The matter will be kept before the court on 20 May."

The post of navy chief will get vacant on 31 May next owing to the retirement of Admiral Sunil Lanba who is superannuating after a three-year tenure. Vice-Admiral Verma, had first approached the tribunal on 8 April but withdrew his petition soon after he had not exhausted the legal remedies available to him within the Navy. He is currently the commander-in-chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command.

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Updated Date: Apr 25, 2019 17:05:42 IST