Cong refuses to comment on Army chief age row

Last Updated: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 21:29

New Delhi: Congress Friday steered clear of
the proceedings in the Supreme Court on the Army chief`s age row on a day when Gen V K Singh seems to have won the first round in the legal battle.

"These are purely legal proceedings. The matter is
sub-judice. What is there for political parties to comment.
This is precisely the practice I condemn which the BJP is in
the habit of doing," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told
reporters.
Wondering how could political parties "parachute into
this space", he said it is a "sad and bad day for democracy
and judiciary" whenever it happens. He charged the BJP with
doing this "day in and day out".

Singhvi`s comments came on a day when the apex court
observed that the manner in which the Army chief`s statutory
complaint was rejected by the Government "appears to be
vitiated".

Posting the matter for hearing on February 10, the court
sought to know whether the Government would like to withdraw
its December 30, 2011 order.

Defence Minister A K Antony had issued an order on
December 30 turning down the statutory complaint of Gen Singh
that his date of birth be treated in Army`s records as May 10,
1951 and not as May 10, 1950.

PTI



First Published: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 21:29

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