Superseded Navy commander seeks justice or retirement

Last Updated 18 April 2014, 15:36 IST

Upset over being superseded for the post of Navy Chief, Western Naval Commander Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha has filed a complaint with Defence Ministry and said that if "justice" is not done to him, he would take voluntary retirement.

In his letter to the Ministry, he has complained against being overlooked for the appointment to the top post, sources said.

Sinha has also told the government that if "justice" cannot be done to him, he should be given voluntary retirement, sources said here.

Admiral Robin Dhowan, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, was appointed as the Navy Chief yesterday superseding Sinha, who was the seniormost Vice Admiral.

The post of Navy Chief had fallen vacant after the sudden resignation of Admiral D K Joshi on February 26 in the wake of a series of mishaps involving naval assets.

Sinha lost the race for the top post apparently because majority of the 14 mishaps, including two major submarine accidents, took place under his command during the last 10 months.

Joshi, who had 15 months left in service, resigned hours after the mishap involving submarine INS Sindhuratna in which two Navy officers were killed and several others injured. Earlier in August last year, submarine INS Sindhurakshak sank at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, killing 18 personnel on board.

The sudden resignation by Joshi changed the line of succession in the Navy with Admiral Dhowan being appointed the chief today.

Had he retired in August next year as per his tenure, Southern Naval Commander Vice Admiral Satish Soni would have become the next chief.

In the changed scenario, National Defence College Commandant Vice Admiral Sunil Lamba is expected to succeed Dhowan in May 2016.

(Published 18 April 2014, 15:36 IST)

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