No clue of early resolution of age row: Army Chief

Last Updated: Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 13:53

New Delhi: Army Chief General VK Singh
on Sunday said he has "no clue" of any early resolution of his
ongoing age issue, but insisted that the matter be allowed to
rest and not become a public debate.

Interacting with reporters on sidelines of Army Day
parade here, he said there is no requirement for him to
comment on the matter as it will get misinterpreted.

Replying to a question whether he is expecting an early
resolution of the issue, Gen Singh said, "I have got no clue.
I am working as I am."

On confidence expressed by Defence Minister A K Antony in
him, regardless of the issue, he said, "I don`t want to say
anything. He has expressed his confidence and I am following
that. Earlier also I have said that I am working for the
organisation. I appreciate his confidence and will try to
stand upto that."

On asked to clarify whether he thinks the issue has been
settled down by the Defence Ministry, he said, "Why do you
want a clarity? I have said this is an issue that should be
allowed to rest, and not become public debate. So there is no
requirement to give it any spin, or to give it any more wings
than what it actually is."

In reply to a question whether he would accept the
government decision, if the age issue is delinked from his
tenure in office, the Army Chief said there is no requirement
for him to comment on the matter.

"I think I have already said a lot of things on this
subject. Actually there is no requirement for me to say
anything on this subject. The reason is that, whatever I say
will either be misinterpreted or interpreted in a manner in
which somebody will write it."

Gen Singh had two sets of date of birth in the official
records- May 10, 1950 and May 10, 1951, leading to the

He has been contending that May 10, 1951 should be
treated as his actual date of birth as it was mentioned in his
matriculation certificate but the Defence Ministry has
rejected it as May 10, 1950 is the date entered in his UPSC
entrance form for National Defence Academy (NDA).

By the government decision, he will retire on May 31 this

Earlier, addressing a press conference here on January
12, Gen Singh had said that the issue has always been that of
integrity and honour, and he had tackled it in the
organizational interest.


First Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 13:53

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