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Brigadier's promotion leaves army legal eagles in tight spot.

THE Judge Advocate General ( JAG) Branch, which provides the army with legal assistance, is enmeshed in its own legal war.

Two petitions filed separately in the Armed Forces Tribunal ( AFT) benches in Chandigarh and Kolkata on Wednesday challenged the promotion of a Brigadier to Major General.

The petition, filed by Brigadier P. K. Sharma, deputy JAG in the Northern Command, challenges the promotion of Brigadier T. Parshad, deputy JAG in the Lucknow- based Central Command.

Another petition filed by Colonel K. K. Rajvanshi in the Kolkata bench of the AFT also challenges Brigadier Parshad's promotion.

There are now three AFT petitions asking for a freeze on Brigadier Parshad's promotion.

Earlier, on July 10, Brigadier Dinkar Adeeb, deputy JAG in the Kolkata- based Eastern Command, petitioned the Chandigarh bench of the AFT against Brigadier Parshad's promotion.

The petition alleged Brigadier Parshad's Annual Confidential Report ( ACR) was tampered with just a day before his promotion board.

This modification, Brigadier Adeeb's petition says, violated two army rules. The first which forbids out of turn consideration of complaints and another which freezes an officer's records 15 days before a promotion board.

Responding to Adeeb's July 10 petition, the AFT directed the army to produce all the documents regarding Brigadier Parshad's promotion by July 31.

This has effectively stalled Brigadier Parshad's promotion, due for August 1.

" I am not at liberty to communicate with the press," Brigadier Parshad told MAIL TODAY .

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Date:Jul 25, 2013
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