Vice Admiral Bimal Verma moves court against appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as Navy Chief

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New Delhi: Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, on Monday, moved court against his supersession and appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of Navy. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh was appointed the Chief of Naval Staff on March 23 as the incumbent Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Sunil Lanba is slated to retire on May 31.
Vice Admiral Bimal Verma is serving as the Commander in Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command. Sidelining the set precedent of appointing the seniormost officers as service chiefs, the government has overlooked seniority even in case of Army chief General Bipin Rawat, who superseded two officers.
In his petition, Verma has challenged the government’s move to appoint Singh, an officer junior to him, as the Chief of Naval Staff. While Singh was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1980, Verma was commissioned into the Navy in 1979. Admiral Verma is the brother of Admiral Nirmal Verma, former Chief of Naval Staff between 2009-12.
Picture of petition of Vice Admiral Bimal Verma moved in Armed Forces Tribunal against his supersession and appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of Navy36 people are talking about this
Twitter Ads info and privacy “The government of India appoints Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) as the next Chief of the Naval Staff. To assume charge on superannuation of Admiral Sunil Lanba on May 31,” the Ministry of Defence spokesperson said on March 23.
Singh will be the first helicopter pilot of the Indian Navy to hold the office of the Chief of Naval Staff. He has served as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff at Navy HQ in New Delhi before moving to Visakhapatnam in 2018 as the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of Eastern Naval Command. Vice Admiral Bimal Verma moves court against his supersession and appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of Navy.