Another Indian Brig challenges top level promotions

Srinagar, July 25 2013 (PPI-OT): Another brigadier of Indian has challenged the top-level promotions in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Department, the Army’s legal-cum-judicial branch, questioning manipulation and violation of policy in the selection board proceedings to promote officers to the apex position in the department.

Brigadier PK Sharma, who heads the Northern Command’s JAG Branch, filed a petition before the Chandigarh bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal. The case is expected to come up for the first hearing later this month.

The petition alleging irregularities in the promotion process comes close on the heels of the Defence Secretary ordering a probe against Judge Advocate General Maj Gen PS Rathore, the Army’s senior-most law officer, for acts of professional impropriety and another senior JAG officer Brigadier Dinker Adeeb challenging the proceedings of the selection board for promotion of officers to the rank of major general.

Brigadier Sharma’s petition contained contentions similar to that raised in Brigadier Adeeb’s petition that came up for hearing on July 10. Brigadier PK Sharma has said that there were serious violations of the laid-down policy and procedure besides underhand activities to favour certain officers for promotion.

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