In wake of the legal fight over the 2009 officers promotion policy, the army headquarters has decided to postpone its promotion board from colonels to brigadiers. The board was scheduled to be held from June 23 to 25.
As reported by The Indian Express, some litigating officers had threatened the army headquarters with a contempt of court plea if it went ahead with this promotion board.
The Command Exit Model promotion policy, which favours infantry and artillery over other arms, was introduced by the army headquarters in 2009 but struck down by the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) in March this year.
The government then challenged the AFT’s order in the Supreme Court, which on March 25 granted an interim stay on it “till the next hearing”. The next hearing of the case was held on April 15, when the court neither extended the stay nor revoked it. The matter will next come up for hearing on July 21, after the apex court’s summer vacation break.
The case in the apex court pertains to promotions from the post of lieutenant colonels to colonels but the litigating officers had taken objection to even this board as the promotion of every senior rank is dependent on the number of officers in the ranks below. The headquarters had earlier this month sought in-house legal opinion from its JAG branch on the matter and decided to proceed with the board. But the latest letter issued by the Military Secretary branch of the Army HQ on 16 June does not mention fresh dates for this promotion board.