New Delhi: After a delay of over seven months,
the Army has finally issued a retirement note to its chief Gen
VK Singh communicating to him that his tenure will end on May
31, official sources said on Tuesday.
Gen Singh, who is in Jodhpur today, was issued the
Retirement Warning Letter (RWL) by the Military Secretary
branch recently, they said.
RWL is normally given to officers about 10-11 months before
their due date of retirement but it had not been issued to Gen
Singh as he had filed official pleas to get his date of birth
After rejecting his plea to change his date of birth to May
10, 1951, the Defence Ministry in November last year had asked
the MS branch to issue the letter.
The MS branch had then expressed its inability to do so
saying the matter was sub-judice.
The Army chief had at that time filed the Statutory
Complaint with Defence Minister AK Antony to accept May 10,
1951 as his date of birth.
On February 10, the Army Chief withdrew his plea on the age
issue in the Supreme Court which held that May 10, 1950 will
remain as his date of birth in service records.
The Defence Ministry has shortlisted three seniormost
officers - Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Bikram Singh, Army
Vice Chief Lt Gen Shri Krishna Singh and Northern Army
Commander Lt Gen KT Parnaik - to succeed him.