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Twist to army chief age mystery

delhi Updated: May 01, 2011 01:24 IST
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In a new twist to the continuing controversy over army chief Gen VK Singh's date of birth (DoB), the Kirkee Cantonment Board in Pune has lodged a complaint with the police that one Rafique Sheikh fudged papers to obtain a birth certificate to show that Singh was born in 1949.

Investigators are trying to track down Sheikh, who made an application to obtain a birth certificate for his son, but palmed it off as Singh's. The board's chief, RC Jagtap, said in his complaint that Sheikh obtained the certificate with “mala fide intention”.

The development unfolds at a time when the defence ministry has called for original records from the army headquarters to settle the controversy created by two conflicting DoBs in the chief's dossiers: May 10, 1950 and May 10, 1951. The contradictory DoBs could send the army's succession map into disarray.

HT had reported on April 20 how the army had shut the case after Singh made a commitment in 2008 accepting the 1950 date.

The issue, however, resurfaced after Singh took over as chief following a RTI query on which the Army sought legal opinion as the chief's matriculation certificate mentions his DoB as May 10, 1951.