SC declines to stay High Court order on women Navy officers

In what may be a signal that it may be open to the idea of permanent commission for women officers who have completed their short service commission stint in the Navy, the Supreme Court on Friday opened the door for Navy women officers who were released from service after September 26, 2008 to return to the force.

Hearing a petition filed by the Ministry of Defence and the Navy, a Bench led by Justice T.S. Thakur did not stay a September 4 Delhi High Court order, asking the Navy to grant permanent commission to women officers on completion of their 14-year short service commission stint.

The court directed that those women officers party to the current litigation and who are serving as short service commissioned officers in the Navy would continue to do so until further orders from the apex court. Secondly, the bench ordered that those among them who had to leave service after completion of their 14-year tenure, post September 26, 2008, would return and continue to serve.