NEW DELHI, Feb 10 � Army Chief Gen VK Singh today lost his legal battle on the age row in the Supreme Court which said the government decision on his date of birth will apply for his service matters, forcing him to withdraw his petition, reports PTI.
The apex court told Gen Singh that he cannot resile on his commitment that he would abide by the government decision to treat his date of birth as May 10, 1950 and rejected the contention of �prejudice� and �perversity�.
During the three-hour long proceedings, the apex court applauded his 38 years of service to the nation, saying that it was �proud� of having �meritorious� officer like Gen Singh and wanted to ensure that he continues to work and lead as the Chief of 13-lakh strong army.
The court said that government decision on his age issue will continue to be there and refused to interfere with his service record which maintains his date of birth as May 10, 1950. According to this, he will retire on May 31 this year.
The arguments of Gen Singh, who had approached the apex court on January 16 for upholding his �honour and integrity�, was a mix of legal points and emotions.