New Delhi: Amidst winning the legal battle against Army General VK Singh over his date of birth issue, the government has now stepped up its effort to look for a new Army General.

Reacting on Supreme Court’s decision over the Army age row, Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said, “We are happy that the issue has been finally resolved and controversy put to rest.” However, the government hasn’t clarified on its move over the verdict.

The Defence Ministry spokesperson further said “Now it is up to the Army chief as to how he keeps his honour and integrity intact.”

However, sensing the perplexity of the situation, the ministry has begun its effort to look for a new Army Chief before May 31, 2012, the slated date for Army Chief VK Singh’s retirement.

Speculations are rife that Gen Singh is actively considering resignation before his retirement hence leaving the post of Army General vacant. In such a situation, the government is also vying the options of appointing a new Army General from the senior Army Commander lobby who would retire before May.  

It is believed that if the Army General puts in his papers before his retirement then chances of Western Army commander Lt-Gen Shankar Ghosh (Guards Regiment) becoming the Army Chief  are high.

(JPN/ Bureau)