Top naval officer superceded for Navy chief’s post suffers heart attack


New Delhi: Former Western Naval commander Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, who took voluntary retirement last week after being superceded for the post of Chief of Naval Staff, has suffered a heart attack and has been hospitalised in Mumbai.

Vice Admiral Sinha (59) was admitted to a Naval hospital on Monday after he suffered heart attack and as per instructions from Defence Minister A K Antony and Navy Chief Admiral Robin Dhowan, all required assistance is being extended to him, Navy officials said here.

His condition is stable and his health is being monitored closely by a panel of doctors.

He may have to undergo a bypass surgery in near future, they said.

Upset over being superceded for the Navy chief post, Vice Admiral Sinha had shot off a letter to the Defence Ministry saying either justice should be done to him or he should be allowed to take voluntary retirement.

The government accepted his request for voluntary retirement last Monday with immediate effect.

Vice Admiral Sinha was apparently ignored by the ministry for the appointment to the top post as majority of the 14 mishaps involving naval assets had taken place under his command in the Western Navy including the February 26 INS Sindhuratna mishap, which led to former Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi’s resignation from the service.

Vice Admiral Sinha had told the ministry that he could not be held responsible for the mishaps under his command as he was also taking steps to curb the incidents.


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