Gen Singh submits complaint in age row

In his complaint annexed with close to 500 pages of documents, Singh requested the minister to reconsider the case purely on merit. The Army chief is understood to have cited many documents showing his year of birth as 1951.

When questioned in Parliament, minister of state for defence M M Pallam Raju said that his senior minister had already given an opinion. But ministry officials said that Singh's statutory complaint is being examined by the officials.

Antony ruled in favour of 1950 as Singh's year of birth following recommendations of the Union law ministry and Attorney General. Singh received his last promotion as Army chief on the basis of 1950 as his birth year.

Singh, however, sought the opinion of four retired judges of the Supreme Court who were reportedly in favour of accepting 1951 as his year of birth.

Such a change will not only allow Singh to be at the helm of affairs almost for one more year but also change Army’s succession order.

The Adjutant General Branch, record keeper of the Army, has already sought an opinion from the defence minister on the legal basis for considering 1950 as the chief’s year of birth when a large number of records show otherwise.

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