Gen Singh refutes Major General Handa`s allegation
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 15:07
  
Chandigarh: Chief of Army Staff General V K Singh has rebutted a claim by a Major General, who has alleged that his Annual Confidential Report (ACR) was "spoilt" by Singh after he refused to change his date of birth.

Major General T S Handa, in his petition before the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) in April last year, had alleged that his Annual Confidential Report (ACR) was "spoilt" by Chief of Army Staff General V K Singh after he refused to change his date of birth.

Gen V K Singh in his reply submitted before the AFT said that there were no extraneous considerations or malafide on his part while assessing the performance of one of his junior during his tenure in the Eastern Command.

Gen Singh also refuted that he had pressurised the officer's immediate senior for his assessment.

Gen Singh contended that he had assessed Major General T S Handa entirely on the basis of his performance.

The Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) had yesterday adjourned till March one the case in which Major General T S Handa had accused the Chief of Army Staff.

The Major General had alleged that the incident happened when he was posted as deputy military secretary in the military secretary branch and Gen Singh's papers had gone to his branch during Singh's tenure as GOC 2 Corps Ambala.

Despite an outstanding career record in the Army he was not considered for the promotion to the rank of Lt Gen due to adverse remarks recorded by Gen V K Singh in the capacity of Army commander of Eastern Command.

Handa had alleged that he was "victimised" by Gen Singh when he was posted in Ambala as General Officer Commanding (GOC) of two Corps.

In December 2006, Maj Gen Handa (then a Brigadier) was posted as the deputy military secretary, selection boards and complaints, when Gen Singh (then a Lt Gen and GOC of 2 corps Ambala) had asked the military secretary branch to change his recorded date of birth from May 10, 1950 to May 10, 1951.

In his petition filed last year, Maj Gen Handa claimed that the MS branch records the date of birth to be one filled in the UPSC form by the candidate in his own hand, which in his case was May 10, 1950.

Handa had alleged that his ACR was spoilt when Gen Singh was posted as GOC-in-C of eastern Command and Handa was GOC 57 Mountain Division in the North East sector.

The allegations and its reply by the general V K Singh was submitted before the ATS in the recent past. The case will come up for hearing on March one.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 15:07


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