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In a major win for 39 women officers of the Indian Army, the central government on Friday told the Supreme Court that permanent commission will be granted to these officers.

The Supreme Court said that the Centre should issue orders to give permanent commission to these women officers and also sought detailed reasons for not granting permanent commission to 25 other women officers.

During the hearing on Friday, ASG Sanjay Jain and senior advocate R Balasubramanian, appearing for the Centre, told the bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice BV Nagarathna that out of 72, only one woman officer had appealed for release from service and the government considered the other 71 cases.

The government told the court that it has reconsidered 71 cases and found that 39 of them were eligible for permanent commission. The Centre has said that out of the 71, seven are medically unfit while there are issues of serious indiscipline against 25 of the officers.

The Supreme Court had earlier given one last opportunity to the Centre to resolve the issue of granting permanent commission to the 72 Women Short Service Commission Officers (WSSCO) in the Army.

The court had said the grant of PC should be with regard to its order of March 25 this year and thereafter it will close the contempt case filed by the women officers.

On October 1, the court had restrained the Army from discharging the 72 women officers, who were not considered for PC, till further orders and had sought a reply on why they were not considered for the service.

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