Opinion divided over Army chief`s decision

Last Updated: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 22:16

New Delhi: Opinion was divided among experts
and veterans over Army Chief General VK Singh`s decision to
approach the Supreme Court against the government on his age
issue.

"An Army Chief going to court on personal matters is not
good for the force or the nation as a whole," Gen Singh`s
predecessor Gen Deepak Kapoor told PTI but declined to
comment specifically on the age issue.

Asked about the age row, he said this had come up during
the tenure of Gen JJ Singh as Army Chief.

Talking to PTI former IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal PV
Naik, who had also advised Gen Singh on the age issue earlier
as a senior in the Chiefs of Staffs Committee, said, "I think
it is a personal issue and he should do whatever he thinks is
right."

"As a citizen of the country, he has the right to go to
the court," he said.

However, former foreign service officer KC Singh termed
it as a "dangerous precedent" and cited earlier incidents
where senior government servants had put in their papers
instead of approaching courts on official matters.

Terming the development "extremely unfortunate", another
ex-IAF chief ACM SK Kaul said, "The matter should have been
settled between the government and Army chief with both sides
agreeing to some meeting point."

Without taking sides on the issue, he said, "I feel there
are so many pending issues to jostle with."

Lieutenant General (retd) Satish Nambiar said the Army
Chief has every right to approach the court as citizen of this
country.

"Date of Birth can not be subject of discussion," he
said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 22:16

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