Selection In Army Not Defined By Father’s Ambition: Delhi High Court

A father’s ambition does not define the standards for selection as a commissioned officer in the Indian Army, the Delhi High Court has held while refusing to direct Indian Military Academy (IMA) to take back a candidate who was not suited to a military lifestyle.

The candidate, son of a Lieutenant Colonel and a fourth generation from the family, had joined the IMA in July 2017 for his pre-commissioning training to join the Indian Army as a commissioned officer. However, he was ordered to be withdrawn from the academy in November 2019.

A bench of Justices Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Asha Menon noted that the candidate’s father, a serving senior Army officer, had made a fervent plea to consider the case of his son leniently, as the commissioning of his son as an officer of the Indian Army meant a lot to him as it would be the fourth generation from his family to join the force.

“While it may be possible for us to sympathise with the Lieutenant Colonel, but it is not a father’s ambition that defines the standards for selection as a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army,” the bench said.

The high court noted the records revealed that the candidate was finding it difficult to settle into the regimented and highly disciplined lifestyle at the IMA.

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