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Army Chief Withdraws his plea!

 

 

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General Singh’s lawyer Puneet Bali, confirmed today that the petition from General V K Singh was withdrawn as the Army Chief was fighting for his honour and integrity and not for extention of his service tenure and the dignity has been restored.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.

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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!

 

Supreme Court to hear Army Chief’s Plea over His Age Dispute!

General Vijay Kumar Singh’s filed petition to resolve the issue of his Date Of Birth would be heard by the Supreme Court today  and this is the first  time an army chief  has sued the government. Before the Court Session started the General had a meeting with Senior Leader of Congress, Pranab Mukherjee. It was anticipated that the meeting was to settle down the matter out of court.

The reason of dispute is two sets of records held in two branches of the army headquarters.The army chief, though, claiming he was born in May 10th,1951 as per his matriculation certificate – which is considered legal document to establish a proof of age. His complaint is that his age records were never corrected by different army branches and that the documents carrying the wrong year of birth should have been verified with the matriculation certificate. He admits a mistake made in filling up the UPSC form. The government however considered May 10th, 1950 as his date of birth on the basis of UPSC form and claims to have several other documents which can prove General’s year of Birth as 1950. The government also claims that General Singh could not seek any change in records after two years as per rules and this enough reason against General’s claim to consider 1951 as his year of birth now. 

Whatever the court’s decision may be , one thing is clear that there are severe flaws in maintainance of records by the Indian army which came into limelight , thanks to the dispute. How come contradictory records were being maintained by the army for so long and no one bothered reconciling it. It was only when General raised the dispute, was it exposed. Now , what is the guarantee that this is the only case and in future no other army officer would highlight similar issues?