New Delhi, Jan. 31: The age row of India's Army chief Gen V K Singh and head-on clash with Ministry of Defence seems to be heading for new low as defence minister A K Antony blamed Army for the controversy, saying the force kept two-sets of date of birth for 36-years.
Anthony, whose working style has been questioned in all quarters for unnecessarily blowing the issue out of proportion, said Tuesday, "For 36 years, two branches of the same institution maintained two dates of birth and that is why this controversy."
However, he categorically reports of any civil-military confrontation.
Gen V K Singh's age controversy finally reached the Supreme Court and the matter is pending before the court.
"It is unfortunate that it took years together but I don't agree with some of you that it is a civil-military controversy," Antony added.
In all possible document with armed forces Gen V K Singh's age is May 10, 1951 except one document of proposal for appointment of Corps Commander, Army Commander and COAS, where it was shown as May 10, 1950.
Is it a policy paralysis, or something else that UPA government does not want to make public. Otherwise, why the issue took so long--when it was noticed for the first time in 2006--to settle.
Antony, who is blamed for mis-handling the issue, said that the government had no role to play in the whole issue as this discrepancy was first noticed in 2006 by the Army headquarters and reconciled at that level then and later in 2008 by two respective chiefs.