Vol. 5 Num 147 Tue. October 19, 2004  
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Ex-air force chief Jamal stripped of air marshal rank

The government has stripped former air force chief Jamal Uddin Ahmed of his rank of air marshal citing 'unlawful elevation to the position' as the reason, said a defence ministry press release.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), press wing of the defence ministry, issued the press release yesterday.

Earlier a week ago, former army chief Mustafizur Rahamn too was stripped of his four-star general rank

A gazette notification, approved by the president and published on October 17,2004, declared the promotion of Jamal Uddin Ahmed to air marshal void. From October 17 on, his designation would be air vice marshal (retired), said the ISPR statement.

A government circular on May 21, 2001 stated that Jamal Uddin Ahmad had been promoted to the air marshal rank.

"The then air force chief, Jamal Uddin Ahmed, was promoted to the rank of air marshal on May 21, 2001,the day of his retirement, although there was no such post in the organogram of the Bangladesh Air Force," the defence ministry said.

The promotion order of Jamal Uddin Ahmed lacked the president's consent as well, added the ISPR statement.

The promotion was not fair and lawful. So, to uphold the government rules and regulations, the circular containing the promotion order has been scrapped, said the ministry handout.

The Ministry of Defence on October 10 scrapped the four-star general's rank of former army chief Mustafizur Rahman on the recommendation of a parliamentary standing committee.

The parliamentary body termed Mustafizur's promotion unlawful and said there is no such post in the organogram of the Bangladesh Army.

Responding to a query Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on defence ministry Mahbubur Rahman yesterday told The Daily Star that scrapping the air marshal rank of a former air force chief did not warrant any recommendation.

"As we recommended that former army chief (Mustafizur Rahman) be stripped of his four-star general rank for unlawful promotion, the same applies to the air force chief (Jamal Uddin Ahmed) as his too was unlawful," said Mahbub, former army chief and now the defence advisor to the prime minister.