Lt Gen V K Singh, the seniormost infantry officer with vast experience in counter-insurgency operations and the present GOC-in-C of Eastern Command, will take over as the next Army Chief here today (Thursday). 59-year-old Singh will take over from Gen Deepak Kapoor, who retired from service Thursday, PTI reported. He will be the 26th chief and will stay at the helm of the 1.13 million personnel-strong Army for over two years. The Defence Ministry had on January 23 issued the order appointing Singh for the top post after the Cabinet Committee on Appointments cleared his name a day earlier. Singh was in the news recently when he recommended action against four General-ranked officers indicted by a probe in the Sukna land scam in Darjeeling district of West Bengal.