New Delhi: Army Chief General V K Singh,
whose plea on the age issue has been rejected by the
Government on Monday held a meeting with Adjutant General Lt Gen J P Nehra.
The Adjutant General`s branch in the Army has been
supporting Army Chief`s claim that his date of birth is May
10, 1951 which will give him an extra ten months in office.
The Defence Ministry on Friday had issued an order on the
basis of Attorney General`s opinion that May 10, 1950 will be
considered as Army Chief`s date of birth and he will have to
retire on May 31 this year.
There was no official word on what transpired at the
meeting between the Army Chief and Lt Gen Nehra, which came
amid reports suggesting that Gen Singh may consider legal
recourse on the age issue.
After the Ministry decided against him on the issue, the
Army chief had met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on
He had met Mukherjee on December 16 also after discussing
the age controversy at length with Defence Minsiter A K Antony
in the latter`s office.
If the Army Chief approaches the courts, it would be an
unprecedented step since no serving defence chief has ever
taken such recourse to redress personal matters.
The Army Chief has two sets of date of births in official
records. The Military Secertary branch, which deals with
promotions of officers, has May 10, 1950 whereas the Adjutant
General`s Branch has May 10, 1951 in its records.