Ummid Assistant

Exam time: Dial a helpline to overcome stress

IGNOU launches value education programme for teachers

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home National

Supreme Court trips army chief in age row battle

Friday February 10, 2012 06:15:02 PM, IANS

Related Articles

Indian Army chief withdraws age row petition

Indian Army chief General V.K. Singh Friday withdrew his petition demanding that his birth date be treated as May 10, 1951. His lawyer said the .  

Now Supreme Court raps government over army chief's age row

Government, army chief set for legal battle

New Delhi: Indian Army chief General V.K. Singh suffered a blow Friday in the Supreme Court, forcing him to withdraw his plea demanding that his birth date be treated as May 10, 1951 and not 1950 as the government maintains.

Judges R.M. Lodha and H.L. Gokhale made it clear that his date of birth would continue to be May 10, 1950 and not May 10, 1951 as mentioned in his school leaving certificate.

"The question before us is not about determination of the actual date of birth but it concerns recognition of a particular date of birth by the government in official service records," they ruled,

The court room was packed with over 100 lawyers and others, eager to follow every bit of an unprecedented legal battle that pitted the chief of a 1.13-million-strong army against the government.

While holding that Gen Singh had agitated from day one to correct his birth date, the judges said in all primary documents the date of birth had been mentioned as May 10, 1951.

These include his application form to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to join the National Defence Academy, that of the Indian Military Academy and the army list.

After two and half hours of hearing, the court gave Gen Singh's counsel a brief adjournment to explore the option of withdrawing his petition. Left with little elbow room, the army chief did precisely that.

A defence ministry spokesman said: "We are happy the matter has been resolved amicably and the issue put to rest."

Gen Singh's lawyer Puneet Bali echoed the sentiment, telling reporters the dragging row has been "gracefully" resolved.

Bali said Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati's statement that the government had not questioned the integrity of the army chief was enough to satisfy them. "The matter has been resolved amicably and gracefully."

He said the army chief had repeatedly maintained that he was fighting for his "integrity and honour" and not to seek an extension of his tenure that ends May 31 this year.

"This was the only battle we were fighting," Bali said. "The honour and integrity have been restored. It is not about tenure. We are absolutely satisfied.

"Once the attorney general's statement has been made, nothing remains. We are clear in our mind.

"We do not want to agitate further... It is the end of the matter."

The army chief went to the Supreme Court Jan 16 insisting he was actually born May 10, 1951, not a year earlier as claimed by the government.

Hearing his petition at the admission stage Friday, the apex court asked the army chief to honour his letters of 2008 and 2009 accepting 1950 as his birth year.

It noted that the government order recognizing his birth year as 1950 does not suffer from any perversity.

The court said there was no prejudice vis--vis Gen Singh and that the government had full faith in him.

Earlier, the government told the court that it had withdrawn a Dec 30, 2011 order rejecting Gen. Singh's plea to reconcile his birth date to May 10, 1950 -- which prompted him to move the court.

The discrepancy in Gen Singh's age was pointed out by the Military Secretary's branch in 2006 when he was considered for promotion as corps commander.

Since then, all his promotions, including as army chief in 2010, were made on the basis that he was born in 1950.

If 1950 is taken as Gen. Singh's year of birth, he would have to retire in May. If the year is taken as 1951, he would retire in March 2013.


 



 


 

 

 

 

Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page

Comments

Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.ummid.com

Comments powered by DISQUS

i

i

More Headlines

Hundreds killed in Homs; wounded denied medical care: HRW

Saudi blogger held in Malaysia for insulting Islam

Shahid Azmi memorial lecture in Mumbai Saturday

Maoists blow up BSF vehicle in Odisha, four killed

20 killed in Kashmir accident

Eggs that bounce like rubber hit China markets

Turning rotten tomatoes, waste fruit into biogas

BJP makes Karnataka turf for scandals and self-goals

Citizens for change: These Mumbaikars take political plunge

India successfully test-fires missile interceptor

Jailed Malegaon blast accused allowed AC train travel

Uttar Pradesh second phase - Facts at a glance

Narendra Modi among BJP's PM candidates: Gadkari

i

 

 

 

Top Stories

Indian Army chief withdraws age row petition

Indian Army chief General V.K. Singh Friday withdrew his petition demanding that his birth date be treated as May 10, 1951. His lawyer said the .  

Now Supreme Court raps government over army chief's age row

Government, army chief set for legal battle

 

  Most Read

SIT clean chit to Modi: Zakia Jafri threatens to file protest plea

A day after the Supreme Court-appointed SIT probing the 2002 Gujarat riots filed its final report, petitioner Zakia Jafri Thursday threatened to file a protest plea. A statement from  

Gujarat High Court raps Narendra Modi government

Fresh setback for Modi, probe in more fake gunbattles ordered

Etisalat writes off $827 mn, evaluates India options

Abu Dhabi-based telecom firm Etisalat Thursday wrote off its investments worth $827 million in the mobile company Etisalat DB and said the company is evaluating its strategic options in India.  

Bahrain's Batelco to exit India, to sell stake in STel

 

  News Pick

Poll panel censures Khurshid for quota announcement

The poll panel Thursday censured Congress leader Salman Khurshid for his nine percent job quota announcement for minorities in Uttar Pradesh, and said that as law minister he has the responsibility of ensuring the model 

Rights group demands probe into Assam starvation deaths

A human rights group in Assam has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh 

Tea Labourers dying of hunger in Assam

Jamia Millia Islamia to build hostel for Kashmiri students

The Jamia Millia Islamia is building a hostel for students from Jammu and Kashmir as part of confidence building measures for the people from the troubled-state. An agreement regarding this was signed Thursday 

 

Picture of the Day

New Delhi,27 Jan 2012-IGNOU Vice-Chancellor M Aslam receiving the "Best teaching practices Award" from noted film director Prakash Jha at the India Today Aspire education summit 2012,in New Delhi on Friday. Also in picture India Today Group's Rekha Puri.

(Photo: IANS/Amlan Paliwal)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RSS  |  Contact us

 

| Quick links

News

 

Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant

 

National

Science & Technology

RSS

Scholarships

About us

International

Health

Twitter

Government Schemes

Feedback

Regional

History

Facebook

Education

Register

Politics

Opinion

Newsletter

Contact us

Business

Career

Education

     

 

 

Ummid.com: Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange

Ummid.com is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.