Gen VK Singh lands in fresh trouble after age row

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New Delhi, Feb 14: With the Army Chief age row ending amicably with the Supreme Court's intervention, there seem to be more trouble brewing for Gev VK Singh after the Chandigarh bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal will hear a petition filed against him.

The petition was filed by Major General TS Handa and had appealed citing that his "annual confidential report" had been "spoilt" as he could not change the Army chief's date of birth.

Singh is currently on a five-day official visit to the UK to enhance defense ties with UK. The visit is of diplomatic importance as this is the first visit by an Army Chief to UK in the last 4 years. He is expected to interact with senior military and civilian hierarchy and discuss defense related issues to strengthen existing defense ties with the country.

An official release from the Army stated that Gen Singh's visit will last till Friday. The previous visit by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) to the UK was in Mar 2008.

The visit was highlighted since this was an indication of the General resuming his official duties following the ugly spat between the government and the Army Chief that took the legal way soon after. The Supreme Court gave the order on the case on Feb 10. The court had ordered him to withdraw the petition on his date of birth.

In the aftermath of the SC order, there was speculation that Singh would quit from the top job with many names doing the rounds to be nominated for the coveted position. Gen Singh is due to retire on May 31.

Singh will be back in the country after his UK visit on Feb 20, Sunday.

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