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Army asks Def Min for clarifications on Chief's age issue

In an unusual move, the Army has asked the defence ministry to spell out reasons for its decision to treat May 10,1950 as Army Chief Gen V K Singh's date of birth.

delhi Updated: Aug 23, 2011 20:11 IST

In an unusual move, the Army has asked the defence ministry to spell out reasons for its decision to treat May 10,1950 as Army Chief Gen V K Singh's date of birth.

A letter has been written by Army's Adjutant General's (AG) branch to the defence ministry to know the reasons for the basis of its decision to treat May 10, 1950 as Army Chief's date of birth and not May 10, 1951, as contended by Gen Singh, sources said in New Delhi.

The communication comes after the defence ministry issued a directive to the Army asking the AG's Branch, the official record keeper of the Army, to change its records and register May 10, 1950 as Singh's date of birth.

The decision of the defence ministry, reached on the basis of the opinion given by the Attorney General and the law ministry, was conveyed to the Army Chief on July 22.

Following this, the Army chief had sought views from former Chief Justice R C Lahoti and former Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam, who opined in his favour.

It is important for the AG's Branch to change the date of birth records of the Army chief as then only the Military Secretary branch would issue a letter to the Army chief conveying his due date of retirement next year.

The dispute had arisen after two dates of birth-- May 10, 1950 and May 10,1951 -- were detected in his service records.