New Delhi: In an effort to support his case for restoring his date of birth as May 10, 1951, Army Chief Gen VK Singh ahead of Friday’s hearing in the contentious age row, on Wednesday placed additional 21 documents before the Supreme Court.

Army Chief’s fresh documents relates to the Army Rules on Commissioning of officers. The documents have been filed on the petition filed by Gen Singh seeking to set aside two orders rejecting his plea.

Gen Singh challenging the government's decision to determine May 10, 1950, as his date of birth, has maintained that his acceptance of 1950 as the year of his birth was given in good faith at the behest of the then chief of Army Staff and not due to agreement with the conclusion of the Military Secretary's Branch.

Earlier on February 3, the Apex Court had given an option to the government to withdraw its December 30, 2011 order rejecting his statutory complaint, saying it appears to be vitiated. The court had stated ‘Be clear whether you want to withdraw this December 30 order, or we quash the order’ the court had said at one point prompting Attorney General G E Vahanvati to say he would take instructions from the government.

The Army Chief in January this year took the unprecedented step of dragging the government to the Apex Court after the Defence Ministry had insisted upon treating May 10, 1950, as his official date of birth, necessitating his retirement on May 31 this year.