rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » News » I am sorry and sad over Gen Singh's age issue: Antony

I am sorry and sad over Gen Singh's age issue: Antony

Last updated on: January 20, 2012 14:27 IST

I am sorry and sad over Gen Singh's age issue: Antony

     Next

Next

Breaking his silence on the age controversy surrounding Army chief Gen V K Singh, Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday said he was "sorry and sad" over it and left it to the Supreme Court to decide the matter. Noting that there are constitutional forums to question a government's decision, he said, "The Army headquarters and government take decisions many a time but now there are questions...there are constitutional forums to question the decisions of government."

Antony said government was exercising "maximum restraint and patience" on the age row and contended that the matter could not be settled in a sensational manner.

Click here for Realtime News  

Click NEXT to read further...

 


Image: Defence Minister A K Antony


     Next

'Our government is keeping maximum restraint and patience'

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

"I have always been against public debate on this, but unfortunately some of you are celebrating it. This is not an issue for celebration. I feel sorry and sad about the controversy. That is why in spite of something being misunderstood, I was keeping silence because I believe this is not an issue that can be decided on public platform or (through) public debate," he told reporters when asked about the row surrounding Army chief's age.

Replying to a question as to why the government allowed the issue to linger on for seven months, he said, "Our government is keeping maximum restraint and patience because these issues cannot be handled in a sensational manner through public debate."

Click NEXT to read further...


Image: Army chief Gen V K Singh

Tags: , Army

Prev     Next

'Let us wait for the final verdict of the Supreme Court'

Prev     More
Prev

More

The minister said government will wait for the final verdict of the Supreme Court on the matter. "The decision (of the government) has now been questioned and matter is before the Supreme Court.

Let's all wait for the verdict of the SC. Please avoid controversy and let us wait for the final verdict of the SC," he said. Singh has challenged the decision of the government which has determined his date of birth as 10.5.1950 and not a year later.


Image: The Supreme Court of India.
Photographs: Reuters

Prev     More
© Copyright 2014 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.