Deputy judge advocate general (DJAG) of Central Command, Brig T Parshad has failed to get relief from the Punjab and Haryana Court too as, on Monday, the court refused to stay the operation of the interim order of the Chandigarh bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT).
This means that Parshad would not be promoted to JAG, as the AFT had stayed his promotion till the disposal of two cases challenging his promotion filed by DJAG of Northern Command, Brig PK Sharma and DJAG of Eastern Command, Brig Dinkar Adeeb.
The high court did not even issue a notice on Parshad's petition and simply adjourned the matter to August 19.
Earlier, there was only one vacancy for the rank of Major General in the JAG branch. However, the government on May 4, 2012, created an additional vacancy of the rank of Major General. And this time, there were four Brigadiers who were eligible to be promoted to these two vacancies of Major Generals.
The junior-most officer, Brig Parshad, was granted relief in his three ACRs on October 16, 2012.
The board was finally held on October 19, 2012. With the improved ACRs, Parshad was selected for rank of Major General. Along with him, Maj Gen N Khanna (Brigadier at that time) was also considered.
The main contention of Brig PK Sharma and Brig Dinkar Adeeb before the AFT is that Parshad was granted relief hurriedly on his statutory complaint for improving ACRs and his profile was added in the selection board after mandatory freezing of inputs, which is five days before the selection board.