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Get on with work, bury Army Chief age row: Antony

New Delhi, Mon, 13 Feb 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Defence Minister A.K Antony on Monday demanded an end to the furore surrounding the age of Army Chief General Vijay Kumar Singh.


For national interest, please forget and bury this unfortunate controversy. It is over now. Let us all work together to strengthening our national security and in our mind national interest should be supreme. Whatever happened has happened, it is over now, it's buried now and government has confidence in the present chief," Antony told media here.


Asked if General Singh has offered to resign in the wake of the judgement, Antony said, "Government has confidence in the present chief."


"It is also very clear that we have even conveyed to the Supreme Court, everything is clear, we have confidence in him," he added.


General V K Singh had moved the Supreme Court on January 16 against the Indian government's decision to treat his date of birth as May 10,1950 instead of May 10,1951.


The next day, the government had filed a caveat in the Supreme Court against any ex-parte order on the petition of the General Singh, leading to a confrontation of sorts between the Army and the government.


The Supreme Court had ruled that the government decision on General Singh's date of birth will apply to his service matters, forcing him to withdraw his petition.


The apex court had, however, clarified that the judgement does not reflect on the competence and capability of the Army Chief. (ANI)


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