NEW DELHI, Jan 17 � Government today moved the Supreme Court with a caveat on Army Chief Gen V K Singh�s petition on the age row as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussed the issue with Defence Minister A K Antony, reports PTI.
Even as it approached the apex court with the petition that it be heard before any order is passed, the government appeared to be waiting with bated breath on how the court proceeds on Gen Singh�s petition that may come up for hearing on Friday.
Meanwhile, Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma, who was in Malaysia on a two-day visit, was called back today in view of the developments that may have taken the government by surprise.
Antony met the Prime Minister to discuss the Army Chief�s action taken yesterday, sources said.
All eyes are now on the Supreme Court even as some legal experts were of the view that Gen Singh should have approached Armed Forces Tribunal for redress of his complaint that his date of birth be taken as May 10,1951 and not as May 10,1950.
The apex court will be hearing on Friday a petition filed by The Grenadiers Association, Rohtak Chapter, in support of Gen Singh. It remains to be seen as to whether the court admits the petition filed by Gen Singh under Article 32 of the Constitution guaranteeing fundamental rights.
In his petition, the Army Chief is believed to have sought a direction to declare his date of birth as May 10,1951 and for grant of all consequential reliefs and benefits.
The petition contended that the July 21, 2011 order of the Defence Ministry had set aside an order of the Adjutant General�s Branch on February 25, 2011 that recognised his date of birth as May 10, 1951.