New Delhi: General V K Singh finally passed the baton to Eastern Army Commander Gen Bikram Singh on Thursday as he retired after his 42 years of service.

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General V K Singh, who took over the reins of the army 26 months ago with an image of an anti-corruption crusader, retired as Army Chief on Thursday bringing to an end a controversial tenure that was marred by age rtow and fissures among the military brass.

It is to be noted, the succeeding Army Chief Bikram Singh has not had a comfortable arrival either as a PIL was filed challenging his appointment.

The petitioners, including former Naval Chief Admiral L Ramdas and former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy, had challenged his appointment by levelling various allegations against him including his role in the fake encounter in Jammu & Kashmir in 2001 and his questionable role during a UN peace keeping mission in 2008 in Congo.

However, the government had on March 3 announced the appointment of Lt Gen Bikram Singh as the next Army chief.


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