New Delhi: Few days after the Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on the contentious age row, the Defence Minister AK Antony on Monday while expressing happiness over the end of the controversy said that the government has full faith in Army Chief Gen VK Singh and asked his colleagues and media to bury the unfortunate incident.

“It is my request to my colleagues and media to close this chapter and work together to strengthen the national security,” said Antony reacting for the first time after the Supreme Court’s February 10 verdict.

"The government has confidence in the present chief and that was conveyed in the Supreme Court also. Everything is clear and we have confidence in him," Antony told reporters.

The Union Minister was speaking to media on the sidelines of Asian Security Conference organized in the national capital.

When asked if Gen VK Singh has offered to resign following the Apex Court verdict, he said, “The judgment is in public domain and let us close this chapter here.”

The Apex Court on February 10 had said that the government's decision on Singh's date of birth i.e. May 10th, 1950 will apply to his service matters, forcing him to retire in May this year.