New Delhi: A day after resigning as Navy Chief, Admiral D K Joshi wrote to his colleagues, saying he was “firm” on taking responsibility for the mishaps that have taken place.
“I consulted only myself and my wife before taking the decision to resign. After the submarine mishap, I was firm that I should take the responsibility for it,” he said in his internal message to senior officers of the Navy. This is a clear indication that he did not consult the Defence Minister before taking the desperate step. In his resignation letter, Joshi had said though the government continued to repose faith is his capabilities, it was becoming untenable for him to continue as the head of the maritime force.
MUMBAI : The government now faces a dilemma over Admiral DK Joshi’s successor. Vice Admiral Robin K Dhowan, who has been appointed as acting Naval Chief, is not the senior-most officer after Admiral Joshi. Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, currently the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, based in Mumbai, is senior to Vice Admiral Dhowan.
But Sinha has been under the scanner, as a number of naval accidents took place under his command. He was even summoned to the Navy headquarters last month and pulled up by Admiral Joshi in his office. The Defence Ministry is also miffed with him but it is not clear whether action would be initiated against him or not. As per the seniority, Eastern Naval Commander Vice Admiral Anil Chopra and Strategic Forces Commander Vice Admiral SPS Cheema could also be in the running. The sudden decision by the Navy chief to resign has also resulted in change in the line of succession of the force, as Southern Naval Commander Vice Admiral Satish Soni was supposed to succeed Joshi in August 2015.