He asked: “If the court can define the age of a rape victim on basis of his matriculation certificate, then why has the Supreme Court failed to decide my age despite checking and cross-checking my certificates.”
General Singh became the first army chief in the history of independent India to drag the government to court prior to his retirement, seeking a change of date of birth in the official records that would have given him an extra ten months in service and in office.
“If the superior judiciary of this country can believe the matriculation certificate, and say a rapist and a murderer is a juvenile. What happens to my certificate which has been checked, rechecked and carbon-dated over a period of time. Why? Why didn’t they give a decision?” asked General Singh.
“Knowing fully well that they were not going to give a decision since people were pressurizing them and asking them not to give it. So, the controversy was created,” he added.