In his first remarks on the sudden exit of Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi, Defence Minister A K Antony said that he consulted the Prime Minister before accepting the resignation and praised the officer as a “very good Admiral”.
Antony, who met Joshi Wednesday noon for an explanation on the Sindhuratna accident following which the officer turned in his resignation on “moral grounds”, said on Thursday that the officer had requested to be relieved with immediate effect and had recommended that Vice Admiral Robin Dhowan take over interim charge.
“I consulted everybody. I met the Prime Minister also. Ultimately, we took a decision to accept the resignation,” he said, responding to questions on why the resignation of the Navy Chief was immediately accepted by the government. Describing Joshi as a “very good Admiral”, Antony said that the officer was very disturbed about the submarine accident and wanted to take full responsibility for the matter. “Yesterday Admiral Joshi met me personally and he handed over me resignation letter and he requested me to accept the letter with immediate effect,” he said.
The minister also called Joshi a “very fine human being”. “He was very disturbed by the whole development. He is very fine human being and a very good admiral. He was totally upset about the whole development. He requested me that he would like to take the whole responsibility, so he requested me to accept his resignation with immediate effect,” Antony said.
Meanwhile, Admiral Joshi, who came to his office briefly on Thursday in civilian clothes to speak to top officers, has written to his colleagues, saying that he was taking responsibility for the series of mishaps. “I consulted only myself and my wife before taking the decision to resign. After the submarine mishap, I was firm that I should take the responsibility for it,” a message sent by him to senior officers says.