Vice Admiral Bimal Verma moves Armed Forces Tribunal against appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as Navy Chief

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Vice Admiral Bimal Verma on Monday, moved the Armed Forces Tribunal against his supersession and appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of Indian Navy. 

In his petition, Verma has challenged the government’s move to appoint Singh, his junior as the next Chief of Naval Staff. 

Vice Admiral Karambir Singh was appointed as the next chief of Navy staff on March 23 as the incumbent Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Sunil Lanba is slated to retire in May this year.

Defence spokesperson had earlier said, “Government has appointed Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Eastern Naval Commander as the next Chief of Naval Staff in place of Admiral Sunil Lanba who vacates the office on 31 May 2019.”

Vice Admiral Karambir Singh is currently serving as the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of Eastern Naval Command.  He will be the first helicopter pilot of the Indian Navy to hold the office of the Chief of Naval Staff.