Army Chief`s age: PM refuses to intervene
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 21:44
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday refused to accept a memorandum from a delegation of MPs, who wanted him to intervene in the date of birth issue of Army Chief Gen VK Singh.

Singh told the delegation that the Army is a professional organisation and the lawmakers should not get involved in the affairs of the force, highly-placed Government sources said here.

The delegation had met the Prime Minister in his Parliament office to request him to take a lenient view on the issue in which the Defence Ministry has already decided against Singh.

Gen Singh had sought a change in his date of birth from May 10, 1950 to May 10, 1951 but this was rejected by the Ministry.

The decision of the Defence Ministry, reached on the basis of the opinion given by the Attorney General and the Law Ministry, was conveyed to the Army Chief on July 22.

The controversy has arisen as the chief has two sets of date of birth records in his Service documents.

The Matriculation certificate shows May 10,1951 as his date of birth but the UPSC application form filled for entry into the Army has May 10, 1950 as the date of birth.

Determination of the correct year of birth was crucial as his tenure as the Army chief will be for three years or 62 years of age.

With May 1950 being considered as his date of birth, Gen Singh will have to retire in May next year when he will complete 62 years of age.

Gen Singh is now expected to be succeeded by Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Bikram Singh, who will be the senior-most Lt Gen at the time of Singh's retirement.


First Published: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 21:44

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