Finally,Official Date Of Birth Decided !
General Singh’s lawyer Puneet Bali, confirmed today that the petition from General V K Singh was withdrawn as the Army Chief was fighting for his honour and integrity and not for extention of his service tenure and the dignity has been restored.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court directed General V K Singh to accept May 10, 1950 as his date of birth and asked him to withdraw his plea failing which the court would pass an order on it. General Singh’s date of birth in Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) records is May 10, 1950 while his matriculation certificate has 1951 as the year of birth. The court told the General that the UPSC document was the most relevant document for recognition of age.
The apex court said that the recognition of General Singh’s date of birth as May 10, 1950 by the Army does not suffer from perversity and is not grossly erroneous. The judges asked General Singh why he did not get his date of birth corrected with the UPSC that had recorded it as May 10, 1950 and why did he fill up the Indian Military Academy form mentioning his date of birth as May 10, 1950 ?
The bench pointed out that all documents at threshold when General Singh joined the NDA and the IMA recorded his date of birth as May 10, 1950, which the Defence Ministry maintains is the official records. Observing that all threshold documents show his date of birth as May 10, 1950, the judges said that it was clear from voluminous documents that General Singh’s date of birth as May 10, 1951, but the question was that in primary documents it was May, 10 1950 and it would be taken as a final date for service matters.
Well, the matter has finally been resolved with the General taking plea back and also it should give a lesson to the Indian Military to crosscheck documents to avoid confusions leading to legal battle and world-level mockery!