AG Vahanvati sticks to opinion on Army Chief's age
New Delhi: Army Chief Gen V K Singh may have
to retire in June next year as Attorney General G E
Vahanvati is understood to have firmly said that his plea
for treating his date of birth as May 10, 1951 cannot be
Rejecting the opinions of two former Chief Justices of
India -- J S Varma and G B Patnaik, the Attorney General said
their views were not based on facts and that the Government
should stick to the date of birth given by Singh to UPSC.
The country's top law officer is understood to have said
that the May 10, 1950 marks the entry of Gen Singh into
National Defence Academy and that alone should be taken into
Vahanvati was responding to a second request by the
Defence Ministry on the age controversy.
The Law Ministry is believed to have forwarded the AG's
opinion to the Defence Ministry.
In a span of one month, the Defence Ministry had for
the second time sought the opinion of the Law Ministry on the
issue of the date of birth of Army chief Gen V K Singh.
The Adjutant General's branch of the Army had sought
the opinion of the two ex-chief justices after the Attorney
General in his earlier given his view that the May 10, 1950
date cannot be altered as it would lead to serious legal
The first opinion given by a Joint Secretary rank
officer of the Law Ministry officer posted at Defence Ministry
in February this year had said that Gen Singh's date of birth
be treated as May 10, 1951.