Thirty-nine female Army officers obtained the Standing Commission after winning a legal battle in the Supreme Court, which ordered the government to ensure that their new service status is granted within seven business days.
A Standing Commission means a career in the military until retirement, while the Short Service Commission is for 10 years, with the option to leave or opt for the Standing Commission at the end of the 10 years. If an officer does not obtain Standing Commission, the officer can elect a four-year extension.
A total of 71 female officials of the Short Service Commission, who were denied the Permanent Commission, had gone to the Supreme Court in search of a Permanent Commission.
The center told the court that of the 71 officers, 39 were eligible for the Standing Commission, seven were medically unfit and 25 had “discipline problems.”
The Supreme Court then ordered the center to deliver a detailed report explaining the reasons why the 25 were ineligible for the Standing Commission.
On October 1, the court had told the government not to relieve any of the service officers.
A two-judge bench of Judge DY Chandrachud and Judge BV Nagarathna, who is on her way to becoming the first female presiding officer of the Supreme Court of India, was hearing the matter.
Senior counsel V Mohana, Huzefa Ahmadi and Meenakshi Arora, representing the female officers, had told the court that their disbarment went against the Supreme Court ruling in March when it ordered the Indian Army to grant the Commission Permanent to all female officers of the Short Service Commission who met the criteria.
The government had three months to complete this process.
The army’s evaluation criteria for granting the Standing Commission to female officers were “systematically discriminated against,” the Supreme Court had said at the time.