Pooja Sareen, Student, Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication

Army Chief General V.K Singh’s petition in Supreme Court has been adjourned by the Supreme Court till 10th February, giving the Government and V.K Singh a greater time to resolve the case. It seems that this is an implication of General’s victory on the age issue.

The court saw a heated argument between the Attorney General and Solicitor General Rohinton F Nariman representing the Government of India.

The Apex Court criticized the government’s way handling the controversy, Court also pointed out that there was no independent evaluation of General Singh’s complaint. “We are of the prima facie view that decision-making process of the government in disposing off General VK Singh’s statutory complaint is vitiated. It seems that going to the Armed Forces Tribunal for the General may not be efficacious,” the bench of Justices RM Lodha and HL Gokhale observed while pointing out that principles of natural justice were not followed in the matter.

Challenging the government’s decision to determine May 10, 1950, as his date of birth and not May 10, 1951, Gen Singh, in a 68-page petition, has maintained that his acceptance of 1950 as the year of his birth. According to Government’s decision he has to retire by May 2012.