Def Ministry to decide on row over Army chief`s age in 2 days

The Defence Ministry is examining the controversy over Army Chief General V K Singh`s age and a decision is expected in a couple of days.

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2011, 00:28 AM IST

New Delhi: The Defence Ministry is examining
the controversy over Army Chief General V K Singh`s age and a
decision is expected in a couple of days.
"I would not want to comment on that. I think that is
being looked at in by the Ministry," Minister of State for
Defence M M Pallam Raju told reporters here today.

He was replying when asked to comment on the controversy
after reports that the date of birth of Gen Singh was May 10,
1950, and not May 10, 1951, and if the latter date is accepted
by the Ministry he will retire in June next year.

Defence Ministry sources said the matter is under active
consideration of the Defence Minister who would decide on the
issue in a day or two.

They said all related documents, including the view
expressed by the Law Ministry, would be taken into
consideration by the Defence Ministry.
The Law Ministry had opined that Singh`s correct date
of birth is May 10, 1951, and not May 10, 1950, which he had
accepted after controversy about his age surfaced around
2008 when he was being considered for appointment as Eastern
Army Commander.

PTI