IAF Wing Commander dismissed for seeking bribe

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has dismissed a Wing Commander for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 20,000 from officials of a French defence firm

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2013 1:33 am

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has dismissed a Wing Commander for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 20,000 from officials of a French defence firm at the Aero India show in Bangalore in 2011. Wing Commander A K Thakur was dismissed after a General Court Martial found him guilty of seeking bribe from Dassault Aviation,officials said.

According to IAF,Thakur allegedly sought bribe for allotting a ‘more advantageous position’ to Rafale aircraft in the ‘static’ aircraft display section at the biennial airshow. An official of Dassault Aviation,who filed a complaint against the officer,appeared before the GCM headed by a Group Captain-rank officer,officials said.

Dassault Aviation’s Rafale,which has bagged the IAF’s multi-billion dollar combat aircraft deal,was one of the six contenders in the tender when the alleged incident took place. The GCM had recommended Thakur’s dismissal last year but its recommendations could not be confirmed as the officer had approached the court seeking relief.

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