AG gives opinion on Army Chief`s age row
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 21:44
New Delhi: The Attorney General has given his opinion on Army Chief General VK Singh's statutory complaint to Defence Minister AK Antony amidst indications that he has not given any relief on the issue of age.

The Statutory Complaint was forwarded to the Law Ministry for Attorney General's opinion by the Defence Ministry last month and was returned earlier this week, sources said here.

The Attorney General has already twice opined against Gen Singh's plea to accept May 10, 1951 as his date of birth,which will give him an extra ten months in office.

In his opinion, the Attorney General is understood to have not given any relief to Gen Singh.

Based on his two opinions, Defence Ministry had decided on July 21 that the earlier date of May 10, 1950 will be considered as Gen Singh?s date of birth.

After the Ministry received the opinions of the Attorney General on the issue, Singh had levelled allegations that the Defence Ministry "lacked objectivity" and was "biased" on his age issue.

Singh is slated to retire on June 1, 2012, but if 1951 is accepted as the year of birth he may remain in office for another ten months.

Gen Singh had filed the statutory complaint with the Defence Minister on August 25 seeking a re-examination on the issue, in a first by an Army Chief.

The General had asked Antony to take a decision on his date of birth purely on the basis of merit and available evidence.


First Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 21:44

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