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Business News/ News / India/  BrahMos' accidental firing into Pakistan cost India 24 cr: Govt to Delhi HC

BrahMos' accidental firing into Pakistan cost India ₹24 cr: Govt to Delhi HC

The Centre, in a short affidavit, opposed a petition filed by Wing Commander Abhinav Sharma against his termination from service.

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BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. (ANI)

The Central government on Monday justified the dismissal of three Indian Air Force (IAF) officers for gross negligence and informed the Delhi high court that the accidental firing of a BrahMos combat missile into Pakistan last year affected the relationship with its neighboring country along with a loss of 24 crore to the state exchequer. 

The Centre, in a short affidavit, opposed a petition filed by Wing Commander Abhinav Sharma against his termination from service, according to a report published by Hindustan Times. 

It stated that the trial of three IAF officers was inexpedient, while the international community was interested to know the important practical details about the firing of missile. 

“Considering the sensitive nature of the subject matter having widespread ramifications for the security of the State, a conscious and considered decision was taken in good faith to terminate the service of the petitioner under the President’s pleasure clause. Such a decision has been taken in the Indian Air Force after 23 years as facts and circumstances of the case warranted such action," the government said as quoted by HT. 

In addition, the petitioner also challenged the termination order that was issued under section 18 of the Air Force Act, 1950. He was posted as an engineering officer. 

The Central government further defended the termination order of IAF officers and said the decision was actuated by public interest without any kind of mala fide. It added that the petitioner had all due opportunities to present his case and was given great latitude in this regard, as per HT reports. 

The Union government refused to discuss the evidence on record in its reply, stating that it will have an adverse impact of the security of the State. However, it clarified that the court proceedings will be shown to duly establish the petitioners' lapses. 

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Updated: 30 May 2023, 07:01 AM IST
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