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1950 or 1951? That s the vital question for Gen. V.K. Singh
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 2/9/2012 12:00:00 AM
1950 or 1951? That s the vital question for Gen. V.K. Singh

The Supreme Court will hear Friday the Indian Army chief, Gen. V.K. Singh s petition to correct his year of birth from 1950 to 1951. He says it s a matter of honour for him and not a question of the extra 10 months he will serve if the correction is made.

* 1965: Teenager V.K. Singh s UPSC form for the National Defence Academy examination mentions 1950 as his year of birth. * 1970: Singh is inducted into the Indian Army s Rajput Regiment as a second lieutenant. Adjutant General s branch records the year of birth as 1951 on the basis of school certificate.

* 2006: Age row brought up by Military Secretary s branch on the basis of the UPSC form as he is selected for promotion as Corps Commander in the rank of Lt. Gen.; undertakes to accept any decision on his age by then army chief Gen. J.J. Singh in organisational interest . * 2008:

Age records go to Cabinet Committee on Appointments for his promotion to Army Commander; Prior to that, the Military Secretary warns of disciplinary action if 1950 not accepted as year of birth; Singh agrees on 1950 in writing. * Jan 2010: Appointed as Indian Army chief based on 1950 as year of birth; retirement set for May 2012. * April 2010: Takes over as Army chief on Gen. Deepak Kapoor s retirement.

 July 2011: Singh s petition to restore 1951 as year of birth rejected by defence ministry on advocate general s advice. * Dec 30, 2011: Singh s statutory complaint too rejected by defence ministry on advocate general s advice. * Jan 16, 2012: Singh files petition in Supreme Court against age plea rejections. * Feb 3, 2012: Supreme Court raps defence ministry; asks it to withdraw Dec 30, 2011 order or it will be quashed. * Feb 10, 2012: Supreme Court to consider whether to admit army chief s petition or not.

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1950 or 1951? That s the vital question for Gen. V.K. Singh

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