Lt Gen faces probe on ex-Army chief’s DoB row

A senior serving Lt Gen is under the scanner after the Defence Ministry directed the Army to "fix responsibility" for an official communication that was contrary to the government's view on the age row involving former Army chief General V K Singh.

The media communication reportedly released by Lt Gen Sanjeev Madhok in September last year, when he was posted in Army Headquarters as a Maj Gen, allegedly supported Singh's contention that his year of birth was 1951 and not 1950.

The communication was reportedly sent after the Ministry of Defence decided to consider 1950 as Singh's year of birth, making him eligible for retirement in May 2012.

It is learnt that the Army conducted an inquiry after the MoD questioned whether the communication on a "personal matter" involving the then Army chief can be considered as a "performance of official duty".

The inquiry, sources said, was carried out by Lt Gen Amarjeet Singh Chabbewal, the Master General of Ordnance (MGO).

Madhok is currently commanding a corps.

Sources said the inquiry has been completed but the Army has not yet fixed blame for the media communication.

The Army will, however, be under pressure as the Ministry of Defence has now categorically asked the Army to "fix responsibility" for the communication.

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