Army Chief age row: Govt files caveat in SC
The Centre seems to have made up its mind to take on Army Chief General VK Singh over age issue as it has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court.
New Delhi: The Centre seems to have made up its mind to take on Army Chief General VK Singh as it has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court, Tuesday, on the petition moved by Gen Singh seeking resolution of the controversy over his date of birth.
The caveat is a legal document filed with the registrar of the apex court by way of which the government would have to be informed and made privy to all developments in the case. Through the caveat the Centre has requested the SC not to pass any order until and unless it hears the Government of India.
The application was filed by the Ministry of Defence through counsel TA Khan.
Gen Singh, citing his birth records, says he was born in 1951 and is not due to retire until March 2013. But records at the Defence Ministry show he was born in 1950, which means he is due to retire in May this year. Gen Singh was appointed army chief in March 2010.
He moved the Supreme Court on Monday after the ministry in December last year rejected his statutory complaint, requesting change of his year of birth in official records to 1951 from 1950.
Interestingly, the Centre has not filed a reply in the court as yet amid reports that the government has made up its mind to defend its move to reject Gen Singh’s complaint.
Singh has been stressing that the whole issue is not about his retirement date but is a matter of ‘honour’ for him.
Meanwhile, Antony has met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the issue.
Also, the Defence Secretary has been called back from Malaysia in view of