New Delhi: After the final verdict on the age of Army Chief, the Army has issued a retirement note to Gen VK Singh communicating to him that his tenure will end on May 31, 2012.

Meanwhile, the Defence Ministry is likely to complete its process of selecting the successor. Three names have been shortlisted -Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Bikram Singh, Army Vice Chief Lt Gen Shri Krishna Singh and Northern Army Commander Lt Gen KT Parnaik.

It is to be mentioned the much controversy was created over the age of General VK Singh, following which there has been delay in the selection of new Army Chief General, and eight months delay in issuing Retirement Warning Letter (RWL) to Singh.

RWL is normally given to officers about 10-11 months before their due date of retirement but it had not been issued to General Singh as he had filed official pleas to get his date of birth changed.

After rejecting his plea to change his date of birth to May 10, 1951, the Defence Ministry in November last year had asked the MS branch to issue the letter.

The MS branch had then expressed its inability to do so saying the matter was sub-judice.

The Army chief had at that time filed the statutory complaint with Defence Minister AK Antony to accept May 10, 1951 as his date of birth.

On February 10, the Army Chief withdrew his plea on the age issue in the Supreme Court which held that May 10, 1950 will remain as his date of birth in service records.

JPN/Bureau