IAF Officer Drags Defence Ministry & Chief Of Air Staff To Court
According to reports, the case was filed in Delhi High Court claiming that his dismissal was wrongful and that the court of inquiry did not allow him to defend himself
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Abhinav Sharma an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer dragged the Ministry of Defence and the Chief of Air Staff to court over the ‘accidental’ firing of a BrahMos missile into Pakistan last year.
According to reports, the case was filed in Delhi High Court claiming that his dismissal was wrongful and that the court of inquiry did not allow him to defend himself.
Along with Sharma, the three other IAF officers were dismissed from the service last year pertaining to a court of inquiry and were held responsible for failing to ensure the disconnection of combat connectors of all missiles loaded on Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) prior to the convoy movement, thus violating the combat SOP.
Sharma was accused of failing to prevent the MAL from engaging in an unsafe act of launching the missile from the station, which caused the accidental firing.
He claimed that at the time of the incident, he was serving as an engineering officer in the squadron and was only responsible for providing professional and practical training for maintenance duties.
He also stressed that he did not impart training on matters regarding operational conduct, which was the responsibility of the commanding officer and the operations officer.