Supreme Court To Hear Army Chief's Petition On Age Row On Feb 3New Delhi, Jan 26: The Supreme Court will hear on February 3 the petition filed by Army chief General V K Singh seeking a direction to the government to declare his date of birth as
New Delhi, Jan 26: The Supreme Court will hear on February 3 the petition filed by Army chief General V K Singh seeking a direction to the government to declare his date of birth as May 10, 1951 instead of May 10, 1950.
A PIL on the issue has already been dismissed by the apex court earlier this week.
Gen Singh's unprecedented action in dragging the government to the apex court followed the Defence Ministry's insistence that May 10, 1950 would be treated his official date of birth and that he would consequently retire on May 31 this year.
In his 68-page petition, Gen Singh had told the Supreme Court that he was treated by the government in a manner which reflects total lack of procedure and principles of natural justice in deciding his age.
Challenging the government's decision to determine his date of birth as 10.5.1950 and not 1951, he has maintained that his acceptance of his year of birth as 1950 was given in good faith at the behest of the then chief of Army Staff and not due to agreement with the conclusion of the Military Secretary's Branch.
“The respondent (government) needs to explain as to why the senior most officer of the Army could be treated in a manner which reflects total lack of procedure and principles of natural justice and that too on an opinion obtained from the Attorney General,” his petition said.
The Army chief also wondered as to why the Ministry of Defence would doubt the records in the Adjutant General's branch, the official record-keeper of the Army, has not been explained. Nor has any authority while rejecting his plea for treating his date of birth as 10.5.1951 has ever doubted the birth certificate of the petitioner.
“One fails to understand as to why such importance being given to an inadvertent mistake while filling up the UPSC form while ignoring the date of birth recorded in public record,” he said.
Gen Singh will have to retire from service if his date of birth is finally determined as 10.5.1950.