New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday restrained the Centre from filling the post of Director General Medical Services (Air Force) and sought Centre’s response on the plea by Lt. General Manomoy Ganguly who is asserting a claim to be appointed as DGMS (Army). The bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan restrained the Centre from filling the post as the court was told that the post of the DGMS (Air Force) is likely to be filled thereby closing the doors on Lt. General Ganguly.
Senior counsel Kapil Sibal, who appeared for Lt. Gen. Ganguly, told the court that a man junior to Ganguly by one year is being appointed to the vacant slot. The court was informed that to defeat the claim by Lt. Gen. Ganguly, the DGMS (Air Force) has been posted as DGMS(Army). The court ordered that the post of DGMS (Air Force) should not be filled as it perused the records relating to the matter before it.
Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said that it was the decision of Defence Minister to move the DGMS (Air Force) as DGMS (Army). Senior counsel P.S. Patwalia also appearing for Ganguly told the court that he was being offered a three-tier post. The top court by its August 1, 2018, while differing with the Armed Forces Tribunal’s May 7, 2018, direction to appoint Lt. Gen. Ganguly as DGMS (Army) had remitted the matter to the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The next date of hearing is September 10. (IANS)