Friday, June 5, 2009

Govt overturns decision to give retirement to eight generals

The UML-led coalition government has revoked the decision of the erstwhile government to give retirement to eight army generals and extended their tenure by three years.

A cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister's office, Singha Durbar Friday evening, took the decision to this effect.

Earlier this week, defense minister Bidhya Devi Bhandari had approved the recommendation from army chief Rookmangud Katawal to extend the tenure of the generals.

The Maoist-led government had given retirement brigadier generals Nara Bahadur Kandel, Narendra Bahadur Rawal, Kumar Budhathoki, Pawan Bahadur Pandey, Pradip Bikram Rana, Shiva Kumar Poudel, Ramesh Bista and Raju Pratap KC in March.

A case on the retirement of the generals is pending at the Supreme Court.

The apex court had postponed a prescheduled hearing of the case on Sunday, the same day defense minister Bhandari approved the recommendation of the army chief to extend the term of the generals.

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