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H N Singh Becomes Lieutenant General

In a ruling that is expected to have a significant impact in stopping the arbitrariness of promotions in the Armed Forces, the Supreme Court on Thursday gave relief to Major General H N Singh, who was not promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General despite a vacancy. 

Published: 10th January 2014 07:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th January 2014 07:47 AM   |  A+A-

In a ruling that is expected to have a significant impact in stopping the arbitrariness of promotions in the Armed Forces, the Supreme Court on Thursday gave relief to Major General H N Singh, who was not promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General despite a vacancy. 

The apex court quashed the order of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet and reinstated Singh, directing the Armed Forces to give him all due benefits.

A Bench including Justice A K Patnaik said: “In view of the fact that we have found the order of rejection of  the appellant’s claim for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant  General,  on  the ground that he was on extended service, to be invalid. We  hereby  set  aside the operative part of  the  order  of  the appointments  committee  of  then Cabinet.”

“It is also apparent, that the selection board had recommended the promotion of Singh on the basis  of  his  record  of  service,  past performance, qualities of leadership and vision,” the Bench noted. 

Slamming the deliberations  of the Appointments  Committee  of  the Cabinet, the court said, “It did not record any reason to  negate  the  aforesaid  interference, relating to the merit and suitability of the appellant.   We  are  therefore of the  view,  that  the  appellant  deserves  promotion  to  the  rank  of Lieutenant General.” The court directed the Armed Forces to give him all monetary benefits, which would have been due to him, on  account  of  his promotion  to  the  rank  of  Lieutenant  General.

The court said that the fundamental rights of the Major General was violated and said: “It would be a sad day if the Armed Forces declines to give effect  to  the  legitimate expectations of the  highest  ranked  Armed  forces  personnel.”



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