Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor with outgoing Army Chief JJ Singh
According to the report, Lt-Gen Deepak Kapoor will be new chief of 1.13 million-strong Indian Army as the present army chief, General Joginder Jaswant Singh, would retire on September 30. The Times of India has reported that there was nothing like succession battle in top brass in Indian Army.
Earlier, the some media reports had reported that some last-minute aspirations for the top job in Army had come to the front. At the same time, this has been decided that Deepak Kapoor will be the next army chief and his name would probably be announced after a week time.
This is being said that the UPA government would stick to the principle of seniority. Earlier, the government had appointed Fali Homi Major as the Air Chief Marshal despite of being a helicopter pilot. He had not flown fighter planes but the government appointed him as Air Chief Marshal. The government decided to appoint strictly on the seniority basis. Major was the senior-most Air Marshal after the retirement of his predecessor on March 31.
Deepak Kapoor was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on June 11, 1967 and since than held important staff and command appointments in Indian army. He is the alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He led as the chief operations officer of all United Nations Forces deployed in Somalia from 1994 to 1995. He was later awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in January 1996.
During the 1971 war, he had taken active part in the liberation of Bangladesh. He was awarded Sena Medal in January 1998 for his excellent service as a brigade commander on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. He was also awarded the Ati Vishist Seva Medal for his excellent services on the Sino-Indian border. On January 1 this year, he had assumed office as the Indian Army vice chief in place of Lt Gen S Pattabhiraman.