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SC suspends the release of 10 women naval officers from services | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the release of ten female naval officers, seeking the permanent commission (PC) grant, of services scheduled for December 31 of this year.
A holiday bank made up of Justices Indira Banerjee and Aniruddha Bose took note of the presentations by Chief Counsel Meenakshi Arora, who appeared on behalf of the female naval officers, and granted provisional relief.
In the process carried out via videoconference, the court said that the Center and the Chief of the Naval General Staff can present their responses to the requests of the women officers and set their requests for a new hearing on January 19.
“We will direct that the matter be listed on January 19 along with pending court petitions. In the meantime, there will be a stay by order of December 18 (on the release / removal of female officers),” he said.
The court said the interim order would not result in any equity in favor of the officers.
Senior Counsel R Balasubramanian appeared for the Center on the issues.
The two separate petitions have been filed by ten female officers of the Short Service Commission (SSC), including Annie Nagaraj and CDR Vijayeta, who are seeking a permanent commission in the Indian Navy.
They were to be released from services on December 31.
Previously, the high court, in a landmark verdict on March 17 this year, had asked the Center and the Navy to award CPs to female Short Service Commission (SSC) officers in the Indian Navy and had them requested that they complete the modalities within three months. .
Subsequently, it extended until December 31 the deadline for the implementation of its sentence on granting CP to female SSC officers in the Navy after the Center moved the petition in June to extend the deadline by six months citing the COVID pandemic. -19.
Prior to this, the supreme court, on February 17, had granted the same CP relief to female SSC officers in the military saying that women and men should be treated equally.

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