DM welcomes SC order upholding its decision

New Delhi: Defence Ministry today welcomed the Supreme Court order upholding its decision on Army Chief General V K Singh`s date of birth, saying the matter has been finally put to rest.

"We are happy that the issue has been finally resolved and controversy put to rest," Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said soon after the apex court delivered its judgement, saying Singh cannot resile on his commitment accepting the date of birth as May 10, 1950.

Singh had dragged the government to the Supreme Court last month after the Ministry rejected the plea that his date of birth should be considered as May 10, 1951 instead of May 10, 1950 which is in Army records.

The apex court said it was not in favour of entertaining Gen Singh`s petition that his date of birth should be treated in official records as May 10,1951 and gave him option of withdrawing it. Following the apex court`s observations, Singh withdrew his petition.