New Delhi: With an official communication
to be sent to Army Chief Gen V K Singh next week about his
tenure ending on May 31, the Defence Ministry will announce
his successor soon.
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 K T Parnaik for the top post.
Gen Singh , who is slated to return from his UK trip on
February 20, will be given the Retirement Warning Letter(RWL)
by the Military Secretary branch in the next few days,
official sources said on Friday.
RWL is normally given to officers about 10-11 months
before their due date of retirement but had not been issued to
Gen Singh as he had filed official pleas to get his date of
The MS branch is awaiting the Supreme Court documents in
the case and will issue the RWL soon thereafter, the sources
After rejecting Gen Singh`s 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 expressed its inability to do so saying
that the matter was sub-judice.
The Army chief had at that time had filed the Statutory
Complaint with the Defence Minister A K 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.