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IMA rejects Army aspirant, Delhi High Court agrees ‘lacking in temperament’ a good reason to do so

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New Delhi (ILNS): The Delhi High Court, while dismissing the application of a candidate wanting selection as a Commissioned Officer of the Indian Army, observed that he lacks the temperament to adapt military lifestyle. That meant that he does not possess the requisite standards for selection.

The judgment was delivered by the division bench of Justices Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Asha Menon. 

The petitioner had claimed that the day before the final physical training test he was unjustly punished and unnecessarily targeted and singled out by his Company Commander, and that was the reason he was not able to perform to his best of his capability. His said the rejection was out of prejudice of his superior.

The authorities, however, submitted before the court that they had tried to get the best to get out of him, but he proved to be not fit for a life in the Indian Army. Withdrawal of the candidate was the only course left with the Indian Military Academy (IMA).

After going through all the records available, the court held that the IMA had acted strictly in accordance with the rules.

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The father of the petitioner, a Lt Col himself, had made a request before the court to consider the case of his son leniently as the commissioning of his son as an officer of the Indian Army would make him the fourth generation from his family to join the Indian Army.

The court made its view very clear in this regard and said: “It is not a father’s ambition that defines the standards for selection as a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army.”

-ILNS

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