New Delhi: The Army will issue the retirement note about his tenure ending on May 31, 2012 to General VK Singh next week. The Army has decided to send the notice after the Army Chief withdrew his petition over the age controversy from the Supreme Court.
With an official communication to the Army Chief about his retirement, the Defence Ministry will announce his successor soon.
The Defence Ministry has shortlisted three senior most officers - Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Bikram Singh, Army Vice Chief Lieutenant General Shri Krishna Singh and Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General KT Parnaik for the top post.
General Singh, who is slated to return from his UK trip on February 20, will be given the Retirement Warning Letter (RWL) by the Military Secretary branch in the next few days, official sources said on Friday.
RWL is normally given to officers about 10-11 months before their due date of retirement but had not been issued to General Singh as he had filed official pleas to get his date of birth changed.
The MS branch is awaiting the Supreme Court documents in the case and will issue the RWL soon thereafter, the sources said.
After rejecting General Singh's plea to change his date of birth to May 10, 1951, the Defence Ministry in November last year had asked the MS branch to issue the letter.
The MS branch expressed its inability to do so saying that the matter was sub-judice.
The Army chief had at that time had filed the Statutory Complaint with the Defence Minister AK Antony to accept May 10, 1951 as his date of birth.
On February 10, the Army Chief withdrew his plea on the age issue in the Supreme Court which held that May 10, 1950 will remain as his date of birth in service records.