‘Army Chief got last 2 promotions as per 1950 DoB’

Defence Minister AK Antony said the Army Chief, on the basis of his his May 10, 1950 date of birth, got his last two promotions.

Updated: Sep 07, 2011, 21:29 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid the raging controversy over
the age of Gen V K Singh, Defence Minister A K Antony today
said the Army Chief has a little over eight months in office
as per his May 10, 1950 date of birth on the basis of which he
got his last two promotions.

In reply to a Parliamentary query, Antony said the Army
Chief has two different sets of dates of birth in official
documents and has filed a Statutory Complaint on his age
issue.

"The date of birth of Gen Singh has been maintained as
May 10, 1950 at the time of his selection as Corps Commander
in 2006 as well his subsequent promotions as Army Commander in
2008 and the Chief of Army Staff in 2010.
"However, a different date of birth finds mention in
certain documents and the Army Chief has filed a Statutory
Complaint in this matter," he said.

In the Statutory Complaint, Gen Singh has petitioned
the Defence Minister against Ministry`s July 21 decision
rejecting his contention of treating May 10, 1951 as his date
of birth.

The Minister said as per his date of birth on May 10,
1950, "he is left with eight months and 23 days of service as
on date."

In the age controversy, on May 25, the Army Chief had
filed a petition before the Ministry to treat May 10, 1951 as
his date of birth but this was rejected.
While the Military Secretary branch records his date of
birth as May 10, 1950, the Adjutant General`s branch has May
10, 1951 in its documents.

The Army Headquarters has said that Gen Singh`s
matriculation certificate, which shows his date of birth to be
May 10, 1951, cannot be ignored while deciding the issue.

PTI