HC stays transfers of Army’s first ‘colonel couple’ as they aver violation of norms

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15

The first “colonel couple” within the Army is dogged by switch woes because the husband and spouse, each officers within the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Department, have been to extensively separated locations.

From their current place of posting at Jodhpur, Col Amit Kumar has been posted to Port Blair, whereas his spouse Anu Dogra, who picks up her rank of Colonel this month, will transfer to Bathinda. They had been additionally the primary couple to serve within the JAG Department. There are many different {couples} serving collectively within the forces, however not on the rank of Colonel to this point.

In a petition that got here up for listening to earlier than the Delhi High Court at this time, the officer, Colonel Amit has averred that the posting orders issued by Army Headquarters was arbitrary and in full violation of the usual working process on the topic.

A Division Bench comprising Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Justice Asha Menon at this time stayed the posting orders until additional instructions and sought an in depth response from the Army on this regard. The matter was heard by way of video conferencing.

The petitioner has contended that the fundamental standards of partner posting, particularly in case the place each husband and spouse occur to be serving officers, was not considered which was not in violation of service norms however can also be in contravention of Supreme Court directives.

Further, whereas issuing the posting order for officers of the rank of choice grade colonel and above the order of choice of station submitted by the officer involved must be thought-about, however no such advice was sought from him. He has additionally acknowledged that sure occasions transpired through the course of their current posting on account of which he had filed a statutory criticism towards senior division officers.

Pointing out that they’d been granted a partner coordinated posting at Jodhpur after about three years, the petitioner added that they’d remained separated for lengthy durations prior to now on account of varied components that prevented partner coordinated postings.

The petitioner has additionally averred that regardless of an unblemished file and having acquired a number of commendations, he has been posted to an appointment with considerably low workload regardless of vacancies being obtainable in heavy workload appointments earmarked for choice grade Colonels. He had raised the difficulty with the hierarchy however on being advised that his posting was in organizational curiosity.

However, when he requested for go away and extra becoming a member of time to cater to household commitments, wants of aged mother and father, relocation points amidst the continuing pandemic and for attending his spouse’s piping ceremony, the identical was denied.

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