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Govt lacks procedure, Army Chief tells SC

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NEW DELHI, Jan 19 � Army Chief Gen V K Singh has 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, reports PTI.

In his 68-page petition challenging the government�s decision on determining 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.

Gen Singh 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.

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Govt lacks procedure, Army Chief tells SC

NEW DELHI, Jan 19 � Army Chief Gen V K Singh has 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, reports PTI.

In his 68-page petition challenging the government�s decision on determining 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.

Gen Singh 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.

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