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 Aviations Rafale,which has bagged the IAFs 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 Thakurs dismissal last year but its recommendations could not be confirmed as the officer had approached the court seeking relief.