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General Bikram Singh, Centre get SC notice over appointments in Army

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Updated: December 19, 2013, 11:51 AM IST
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General Bikram Singh, Centre get SC notice over appointments in Army
A petition has been filed by Lt General Ravi Dastane alleging favoritism in appointments to senior positions in the army.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a notice to Army Chief Bikram Singh and the Union government over alleged favoritism in appointments in the Indian Army. A petition has been filed by Lt General Ravi Dastane alleging favoritism in appointments to senior positions in the Army.

The petition challenges the appointment of Lt Gen Dalbir Singh and Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra as commanders saying it was in breach of seniority-cum-merit criteria.

Lt General Ravi Dastane alleged that he was denied appointment as the Army commander while the post was kept vacant for Lt Gen Dalbir Singh who was under a vigilance ban.

After commanding the Leh base 14 Corps, Lt Gen Dastane was eligible to be posted as the army commander, which is a prerequisite for becoming the Army Chief. The crucial date in this entire battle is May 2012 when two posts of Army commanders fell vacant. The seniority at that point in time was: 1. Lt Gen Dalbir Singh, 2. Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra, 3. Lt Gen Ravi Dastane.

At that point in time, Lt Gen Dalbir Singh was in a Discipline Vigilance ban, which was put forward by former Army Chief General VK Singh. Therefore, the Army kept his post vacant, but it gave Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra the Western Command, and denied any posting to Lt Gen Dastane.

Two months past, Gen Bikram Singh took over and nullified that DV ban, restoring seniority to Lt Gen Dalbir Singh and posted him as the Eastern Army commander.
Now, Lt Gen Dastane believes it was unfair and that he should have been treated fairly. He feels that there have been different standards that have been applied.

First Published: December 19, 2013, 11:51 AM IST
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