New Delhi: Defence ministry rejected Army chief General VK Singh’s claims on his date of birth and decided his year of birth will be taken as 1950. Singh will now retire next year.

Singh had earlier claimed his year of birth is 1951.

There were two different dates of birth for Army Chief General VK Singh in official records, one with the Adjutant General’s branch in Army Headquarters that lists May 10, 1951 and the other at the Military Secretary’s branch that shows the date as May 10, 1950.

The age controversy had put the Army’s succession plan in a suspended animation all these months.