No tension over Army chief`s age: Antony

Antony said he has received the Statutory Complaint from the Army chief and will make his decision public after the due process is over.

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2011, 21:03 PM IST

New Delhi: There is no tension between the
Defence Ministry and the armed forces on the controversy
surrounding the age of Army Chief Gen VK Singh, Defence
Minister AK Antony said here on Tuesday.

"Let me tell you that there is no tension in the Defence
Ministry. We are working as a joint family and the Ministry
and armed forces working cordially and there are no problems,"
the Minister told reporters when asked to comment on issue.

Antony said he has received the Statutory Complaint from
the Army chief and will make his decision public after the due
process is over.

Gen Singh filed the Statutory Complaint after the Defence
Ministry rejected his contention to change his date of birth
from May 10, 1950 to May 10, 1951, which, if recognised, would
have given him an additional ten months in office.

He has two sets of dates of birth in his service records.
The Military Secretary Branch has it as May 10, 1950 whereas
the Adjutant General Branch shows it to be May 10, 1951.

The Defence Ministry in its July 21 order had declared
the May 10, 1951 date of birth as "non est.".

PTI