Antony’s ten­ure has seen un­prece­dented con­tro­versy at the very top of the three ser­vices

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In an un­prece­dented move, took the Govern­ment to court in Jan­uary 2012. It was the cul­mi­na­tion of a bat­tle with MoD that lasted over a year. When the Supreme Court threw the case out, the gen­eral went pub­lic with his grievances.

What Antony could have done

Re­solved the is­sue in South Block. Not al­lowed it to go to the court or into the pub­lic do­main. Taken dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against the Army chief.


Chargesheeted by CBI for al­legedly ac­cept­ing kick­backs in the 2010 con­tract for 12 Agus­taWest­land VVIP he­li­copters. The first ser­vice chief, ei­ther serv­ing or re­tired, to be chargesheeted for cor­rup­tion.

What Antony could have done Or­dered an in­quiry when the scan­dal was first re­ported in the Ital­ian me­dia in 2012. He or­dered a probe only af­ter Ital­ian au­thor­i­ties started a probe. Pro­ceeded only af­ter pub­lic and po­lit­i­cal pres­sure on MoD.


Re­signed on Fe­bru­ary 26 af­ter a spate of ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing naval war­ships, in­clud­ing the Au­gust 14, 2013 de­struc­tion of sub­ma­rine INSSind­hu­rak­shak. Only the sec­ond res­ig­na­tion of a ser­vice chief ac­cepted by the govern­ment.

What Antony could have done

Re­fused to ac­cept the res­ig­na­tion. Asked Joshi to fix ac­count­abil­ity for the lapses within the Navy and en­sure safety of naval plat­forms.

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