New Delhi:  As a controversy raged over Army Chief Gen V K Singh dragging the government to court, Congress on Tuesday asked the Opposition not to sensationalise the issue but said it would have been better if it had not happened.
   
"Off course, it would have been better had it not happened but why sensationalise it when the Army Chief had himself said that this was his personal issue related to his service record. Those in the opposition, who are taking this personal issue to any other level are doing disservice to the nation," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.
   
Singhvi said as both the Army Chief and the government have their separate stands on the matter, "ultimately both stands will be tested in the court and then decided."
   
He said the matter is between the person concerned, who has approached the court and disapproved those "putting up an exaggerated picture" or trying to "fish in troubled waters".
   
He also pointed out that the Defence Minister had arrived at a view in the matter only after two-three documented devices.
   
A senior party leader, who declined to be identified said government had gone the extra mile to placate General Singh and had obtained three opinions from legal experts including twice from the Attorney General to resolve his age issue.
   
Government was "helpless" in the matter as rules and regulations needed to be raised by an officer much before his retirement. He also felt that after the three opinions taken by the government including that of AG, only a court could have overrided that opinion.
   
His reactions came on a day when government filed a caveat in the Supreme Court against any ex-parte order on the petition of Army Chief Gen V K Singh challenging the decision over his date of birth.

(Agencies)