New Delhi:  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday refused to comment on the controversy over the age of Army Chief General V K Singh.
"This is a matter that is before court and I would not like to comment on it," Singh told reporters at the India-EU summit here.
He was asked why the government had decided to withdraw the December 30 order rejecting a complaint from the Army Chief for treating his date of birth as May 10, 1951 instead of May 10, 1950.
While the Army Chief maintains that he was born in 1951, the government insists his date of birth was May 10, 1950.
Defence ministry welcomes SC order

Defence Ministry welcomed the Supreme Court order upholding its decision on Army Chief General V K Singh's date of birth, saying the matter has been finally put to rest.
"We are happy that the issue has been finally resolved and controversy put to rest," Defence Ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said soon after the Apex Court delivered its judgement, saying Singh cannot resile on his commitment accepting the date of birth as May 10, 1950.
BJP blames PM, Sonia

Terming as "sad" Army Chief Gen V K Singh's age row being dragged to court, BJP held Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the government as a whole responsible for it.

"It is a sad incident...An issue which could have been resolved sitting within closed doors has now been dragged in the open before the public. We hold the Centre, the prime minister and Sonia Gandhi responsible for the incident," said BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

He said the issue “raised questions on the functioning and running of the Central government...It is a dangerous thing that even such a row involving the Army Chief has been dragged into public domain. This is due to the mishandling and wrong policies of the government."

Naqvi said it was unfortunate that a small incident was turned into a big controversy and raised a big question mark on the functioning of the Centre.
He also alleged that many important files had gone missing in this government, adding that nothing including the Finance Minister's office was safe in this regime.