New Delhi: The controversy revolving around the Date of Birth (DoB) of Army Chief General VK Singh took another turn after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh refused to intervene in the case.

A delegation of MPs had approached the Prime Minister in this matter but Singh refused to intervene and also advised them to stay out of it.

According to highly placed sources, the delegation had to return back from the PM’s office after he refused to accept the memorandum from the delegation.

Singh said the Army is a professional organisation and there should be no political interference in it.

As per sources, the delegation of MPs had reached PMO requesting the PM to take a soft approach on the date of birth issue of the Army Chief.

However, on being asked about the meeting, the office of MP from Pratapgarh, Ratna Singh rejected any claims of going to the PMO.

Meanwhile, the meeting of the MPs with the PM has further entangled the tussle between the Army headquarters and the Defence Ministry.

Earlier, Defence Minister AK Antony had issued the order to consider May 10, 1950 as the DoB of Army Chief General VK Singh. The Ministry had also asked the Army’s Adjutant General (AG) branch to make changes in its records.

The AG branch, however, has sought a legal explanation of the Defence Ministry’s order which decided that the birth date of Army Chief Gen VK Singh would be considered as May 10, 1950, and not May 10, 1951.

JPN/Bureau