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Age row: Army Chief withdraws petition

  • The Supreme Court on Feb 10 disposed off Army Chief General VK Singh’s petition which had sought to restore his date of birth as May 10, 1951 and not May 10, 1950 as accepted by the Defence Ministry. 
  • The petition was disposed off after Gen Singh’s counsel, senior advocate UU Lalit, withdrew the petition, stating that his client didn’t want to prolong the matter any further. 
  • The Army Chief was left with no option after the court asked him to either take back his petition or else it will rule on the matter. 
  • The apex court had also made it clear that there was no scope for it to interfere in the matter. 
  • The SC bench comprising justices RM Lodha and HL Gokhale had listed out the options while stating that Gen Singh’s date of birth recorded with the UPSC, which is May 10, 1950, was final. 
  • The SC had sought to know from the counsel appearing for Gen Singh that as to why he didn’t get his date of birth corrected with the UPSC which had recorded it as May 10, 1950. 
  • All documents at threshold when Gen Singh joined IMA, NDA recorded his date of birth as May 10, 1950, the bench observed. 
  • "The documents at the threshold when you wanted to join IMA, NDA contains the date of birth as May 10, 1950. In all documents at the threshold you date of birth is recorded as May 10, 1950," it noted. 
  • The court also said that the primary record for Gen Singh's date of birth was with UPSC which never corrected it.


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