MoD asks Army to change Chief`s date in records
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Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2011, 21:48
New Delhi: After declaring Army Chief Gen V K Singh's date of birth as May 10,1950, the Defence Ministry has asked the Army's official record-keeper Adjutant General's Branch to make the change in its records which had May 10, 1951.

The AG's branch has been taking 1951 as the birth year on the basis of Gen Singh's Matriculation certificate whereas the Military Secretary (MS) Branch shows 1950.

The Defence Ministry has sent the communication to the Army amid questions as to whether Gen Singh will take legal recourse as part of his push to ensure that 1951 is treated as his birth year, which will enable him an extension of about nine months.

In its communication which runs into several pages, the Defence Ministry has cited reasons for maintaining 1950 as the birth year, with regard to which the Attorney General had also given his opinion.

The change in service records is essential as only after the AG Branch notifies the MS Branch about the date of Army chief's retirement, it would issue a letter to it about his superannuation that would be May 2012, the sources said.

Meanwhile, sources said the Ministry has done "due diligence" to see that the natural succession plan of the Army is not disturbed in case Gen Singh takes any step like approaching the Armed Forces Tribunal or civil court for redressal.


First Published: Friday, July 22, 2011, 21:48

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