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Virendra Kapoor | April 26, 2003

There is an old saying that truth never gets old. But Krishna Singh, a 1966 Bihar cadre IAS officer, thought it would -- and die and be buried.

Her date of birth, as per government files, is April 4, 1943. Which means she is due to retire this month.

But the member-secretary of the National Commission on Populationmoved the Department of Personnel last year, saying her 'actual' date of birth was April 4, 1944.

Vasundhara Raje,then minister of state for personnel, lost no time in treating Singh's application as the gospel truth, though the rules prescribe any such request must be made in the initial years of service.

Singh would have gotten away with it, given theconnections her brother Nand Kishore Singh, himself a superannuated IAS officer, has -- but then a senior DoP official played spoilsport.

Since in those early days of Independence, the British-based examination system at the school-leaving stage was in vogue, he emailed the relevant authority in England inquiring whether it still retained old examination records.

Yes, it did. And, yes, it could provide Singh's year of birth as listed in her school records for a nominal fee.

The confirmation came. According to which Singh is 1943 born.

Singh has now got a stay against her retirement from a relevant body. Now it is for the government to make its move.

Back at it

Ashok Aggarwal, an Indian Revenue Service official chargesheeted for alleged involvement in a major financial scam, has been quietly reinstated after a favourable order from the Central Administrative Tribunal.

This, despite that he faces trial for fraud, wrongful confinement and bribery.

The prosecution case is that Aggarwal planted incriminating evidence on a New Delhijeweller to extract money.

The surprise here is the Department of Personnel has not appealed against the CAT order. That too, when the DoP is headed by L K Advani, who normally goes to great lengths to put down wrongdoings.

Speaks volumes for Aggarwal's resourcefulness, does it not?

Pals no more

The Reliance Group is no longer cosy with the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

Even worse for the rulers, Reliance hasgone and backed the main Opposition, the Congress.

Insiders say a surefire sign of this can be seen in Rajya Sabha member Rajiv Shukla's joining the Congress.

Illustrations: Uttam Ghosh

Capital Buzz

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Sub: 'adjustment' of retirement age.

Any thing can happen in our BJP led NDA govt. Some people get preferential treatment, and some like Tejpal of Thehelka, willbe punished for exposing ...

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when will our politicians learn that their time is up for now the time has come to shift from politics to economics and the clever ...

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It is unimaginable that the British imperialists could resolve an administrative matter in India by furnishing the information from their records of more then 50 ...

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A technical point comes to mind. I think a person could appear for IAS etc. only if (s)he was at least 21 year old as ...

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