'No fight' with Defence Ministry over age issue: Army Chief

Army Chief General V K Singh
New Delhi, Jan 5: Dismissing reports of rift with the Defence Ministry on the age row, Army Chief General V K Singh has said he has not thought of approaching the courts yet on the issue.

He said the issue over his date of birth has not affected the functioning or decision-making in the Service as it was only “concerning him and not the rest of the army”.

The Defence Ministry had rejected his statutory complaint to change his date of birth from May 10, 1950 to May 10, 1951– a step which would have given him an extra ten months in office.

“There is no controversy or fight between me and the Defence Ministry. There are perceptional differences and that is a totally personal issue…. There is no rift between me and the Ministry. We are as cordial as we have ever been. I have not personally seen any rift,” he said.

Gen Singh told this to journalists when asked if there was any rift or differences between the army and the Defence Ministry over his age issue.

Asked if he would take legal recourse and approach the courts, the Army Chief said, “the thought has not occurred to me yet.” In recent past, media reports have suggested that the army chief was contemplating to move courts to get redressal on the age issue.

On whether he was raising the issue of date of birth for his honour and integrity, Gen Singh said, “Integrity is an issue which I have flagged and it is totally a personal issue and that is where it ends.”


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