New Delhi: At a time when the Defence Ministry was examining his date of birth controversy, Army Chief V K Singh had sought intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the matter.

The PMO, however, simply forwarded Singh's petition filed in April to the Defence Ministry without taking any view.

“The Ministry of Defence had received on April 21, 2011, an unsigned petition submitted by Gen V K Singh to the PMO,” reveal Defence Ministry documents accessed through an RTI application.

In the RTI reply, the MoD said Gen Singh's petition was put up before the Law Ministry along with other relevant documents to get an opinion on the issue of changing his date of birth from May 10, 1950 to May 10, 1951, as was being demanded by the Army Chief.

The documents disclose that Gen Singh approached Defence Minister A K Antony directly only on May 25, over a month after the petition in the PMO. Subsequently, MoD in July held that Gen Singh's date of birth would stand at May 10, 1950, and he would have to retire in May 2012.

Army Chief VK Singh had served a legal notice against the decision of Defence Ministry.

Last week, Gen Singh filed a statutory complaint with MoD to seek a review of its decision over his age.

Rules suggest that a service chief can serve for three years or up to the age of 62, whichever is earlier.

Notably, a few days back, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had refused to meet a delegation of MPs who had approached the PM to seek his intervention in this row saying that at least MPs and Defence Ministry should desist from interfering into the matter.

JPN\ Bureau