Vice Admiral Bimal Verma withdraws petition from Armed Forces Tribunal

Vice Admiral Bimal Verma on Tuesday withdrew the petition from the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), which was moved a day earlier over his supersession and appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of Naval Staff (CNS).

He was asked by the AFT to first seek internal channels for redressal through the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Vice Adm. Verma was asked to file a statutory complaint to the MoD as per provisions of the Navy Act, an official source said adding that he is free to approach the AFT if his concerns were not addressed.

He was represented by Advocates Rhea Verma and Ankur Chibber who asked the Tribunal to direct the government to address his concerns in a time-bound manner given the limited time frame. This was declined by the Tribunal which observed that they do not act as advisers to the government of India.


Last month the government announced the appointment of Vice Adm. Singh as the 24th Navy Chief once incumbent CNS Admiral Sunil Lanba retires on May 31 on completing three years in office. Vice Adm. Verma is currently the Commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar based tri-service command and is six months senior to Vice Adm. Singh.

The government had earlier overlooked a senior officer in the appointment of General Bipin Rawat as Chief of Army Staff in 2016.


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