statesman news service
New Delhi, 16 July
A Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force has been dismissed from service 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 taking bribe from French defence firm Dassault Aviation during the show in February 2011, IAF sources said today. The officer was accused of demanding bribe for allotting a “more advantageous position” for its Rafale aircraft in the “static” aircraft display section at the biennial airshow, sources said. An official of Dassault Aviation, who had filed a complaint against the officer, also appeared before the GCM headed by a Group Captain-rank officer, sources said.
Dassault Aviation&’s Rafale, which has now won the race for IAF&’s multi-bilion dollar combat aircraft deal, was one of the six contenders in the hotly-contested tender when the alleged incident took place.