Thursday, April 21, 2011

Army chief's age: Ministry asks for documents

Rahul Singh, Hindustan Times New Delhi, April 21, 2011
The defence ministry on Wednesday called for all documents related to army chief Gen VK Singh's date of birth (DoB) to settle the controversy over the two conflicting dates recorded in Singh's dossiers. "The records have been sought for scrutiny," said a source. The issue began in May 2006 when t he military secretary's branch detected two different DoBs for Singh in its official records.
The army chief had been maintaining his DoB as May 10, 1951 in his confidential reports and service record - contrary to the DoB shown in other official documents.
HT had on Wednesday reported how Singh made an unconditional commitment in 2008, accepting May 10, 1950 as his birth date. The matter was referred to the law ministry for its opinion.
The legal opinion accepted Singh's birth date as May 10, 1951 on the basis of his high school certificate.
If the defence ministry accepts the law ministry's opinion, Singh will retire in March 2013 instead of May 2012, giving him 10 more months as army chief.
Army chief's age: Defence ministry asks for documents
Now that the Law Ministry has accepted 1951 as the year of birth of the Chief, one is keen to know how the data in the MS records came to be different. There is an insinuation in the report that it happened during Gen Awadesh Prakash's time. Whether it be true or not it is a matter that should be investigated.
P M Ravindran

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