Colonel who took up ration concern loses out on promotion

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18

A Colonel of the Judge Advocate General’s Department, who had sent a legal notice to the Defence Secretary over discontinuance of ration to officers in peace stations, has not been approved for promotion to the rank of Brigadier.

Consequently, his retirement, which had been stayed by the Delhi High Court last month till the results of the promotion board were declassified, has now been given effect.

After perusing the proceedings of No. 2 Selection Board and pleadings made by the counsels, a Bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal comprising its Chairperson Justice Rajendra Menon and Lt Gen Philip Campose observed that the board had not recommended the officer, Col Mukul Dev, for promotion and there was no reason to permit him to continue in service.

Last month, Col Dev had moved the Delhi HC contending that his retirement be stayed till the results of the promotion board, held in December 2019, were out. On September 29, a day before his scheduled superannuation, the HC had granted him protection till the tribunal heard the matter further.

Directing that the petitioner, currently posted at Bathinda, would be deemed to have retired from service on September 30, his original date of superannuation, the tribunal ruled that the retirement shall be subject to any final order passed on merits after hearing all concerned.

After the government had stopped issue of free ration to officers in 2017, Col Dev had sent a legal notice to the Defence Secretary, terming the move to be illegal. He was awarded a “displeasure” by the Corps Commander for violating the Army’s rules and regulations by sending the notice directly to the Defence Secretary.

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