Govt rules out compromise with army chief age row

VK Singh
New Delhi, Feb 7: The Supreme Court on Friday will hear the army chief's case as General chief VK Singh has been fighting the case against government. Ministry of Defence sources said that the government has denied to compromise with that issue.

Sources claimed that Defence Minister AK Antony is upset with General's decision to carry a legal battle against the government.

On Feb 3, the legal battle was won by the General Singh when the Supreme Court said that government had violated "the principles of natural justice" as General's appeal was rejected by the government in Dec. The court claimed that they don't have problem with the government's decision but they objected the way that decision had been reached. The government had used the opinion of the legal officer Attorney General GE Vahanvati to fight against the General, court added.

The issue has been briefed twice to the Prime Minister by the the senior officials of the defence ministry.

The dispute erupted when General Singh stated that he was born on May 10, 1951. While, the government claimed that he was born on May 10, 1950 as two sets of records had been recorded in two branches of the army headquarters.

Even, there are series of records which claim that he was born on May 10, 1950 including a UPSC form filled by Vijay Kumar before joining the National Defence Academy.

However, the chief shows his matriculation certificate as proof and complained that different army branches didn't reconcile his age records.

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