The government has decided to treat resignation of Admiral DK Joshi, ex-Navy Chief as voluntary retirement to ensure that he is not deprived of any retirement benefits.
Joshi, who had about 15 months left in service, has resigned owning moral responsibility for warship and submarine accident over the last six months, including the mishap on board submarine INS Sindhuratna off the coast of Mumbai. Two officers had died in the Sindhuratna accident.
While accepting his resignation, the government went out of the way to give him waiver on three month prior notice for seeking voluntary retirement. This would ensure that Admiral gets certain monetary benefits and usage of his rank.
Sources said that the ministry moved a proposal to treat acceptance of the resignation as acceptance of the request for voluntary retirement with effect from the date of his resignation.
The ministry has also got approval of the President, also Supreme Commander of Armed Forces. As many as 11 Naval accidents took place under Joshi’s command. Vice Admiral Robin Dhowan is the acting chief even though the government is yet to announce the new Naval chief.