The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to grant permanent commission to all women officers in the Army within three months and said there will not be any absolute bar on giving them command postings.
The bench, headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, said there was no ground to deny women officers permanent commission and gave the Centre three months to implement the order.
Lawyer Meenakshi Lekhi had appeared for the women officers in the Supreme Court. The BJP MP didn't charge a single penny from them. The women officers said, "Meenakshi Lekhi ma’am didn’t take a single penny from us for this case. We went to her and said we don’t know about our jobs, we can’t afford her fees. She said - just don’t worry about that. Till date, she’s not taken even 1 rupee from us.”
Hailing the Supreme Court's verdict granting permanent commission to women officers in Army, Meenakshi Lekhi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's political will helped the women officers fight for their cause in the apex court.
"Grateful to all who supported our cause. Picture says it all. PM Sh Narendra Modi exhibited political will to grant permanent commission to the lady officers but administrators translated it to future appointments.J.Chandrachud & Rastogi have implemented it to serving officers," she tweeted.
Lekhi also praised both Justice DY Chandrachud and Ajay Rastogi for the historical judgment.
"Justice DY Chandrachud and justice Ajay Rastogi have passed a historical judgment today. They said that lady officers be given the same position as male officers and given a permanent commission and will be eligible for command postings. I want to thank the PM and the courts," added Lekhi.