New Delhi: Days after Vice Admiral Karambir Singh was named as the next chief of the naval staff, another officer has sought to know why he was overlooked for the top job, said reports on Monday. Also Read - Navy Chief Supersession Case Deferred, Karambir Singh to Take Charge on May 31, Subject to Tribunal Decision
Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, has approached an armed forces tribunal seeking to know why he was overlooked as the next navy chief despite being the senior-most in the line of command, official sources said. Also Read - Vice Admiral Bimal Verma Files Fresh Plea Against Supersession
Vice Admiral Karambir Singh is set to succeed Admiral Sunil Lanba who retires on May 30. Reports say the government did not follow the tradition of appointing the most senior eligible officer but made the selection based on the merit.
Vice Admiral Verma is senior to Singh and was among the contenders for the top post. His petition is likely to be taken up Tuesday.
Besides Verma, the other contenders for the Navy Chief post included Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar, FOC-in-C of Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar and FOC-in-C of Southern Naval Command Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, a source told PTI.
In 2016, while appointing the Army Chief too, the Government did not follow the long-held tradition of going by the seniority.