Vice admiral Bimal Verma Withdraws Plea Challenging Appointment as Navy Chief

Vice Admiral Bimal Verma has withdrawn his petition from the Armed Forces Tribunal which challenged the appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next navy chief replacing Admiral Sunil Lanba. He was superseded in the appointment.

Why did he withdraw the Petition?

  • According to the rules, Vice Admiral Bimal Verma had the option of filing a statutory complaint with the Defence Minister before taking the legal recourse.
  • Vice Admiral Bimal Verma approached the tribunal if he is not satisfied with the way his complaint is addressed by the Defence Ministry.
  • The tribunal has asked the petitioner why the option of approaching the Defence Ministry was not availed.

The Tribunal asked them to explore the option of approaching the Defence Ministry and allowed them to withdraw their plea.

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