Indian Air Force

Case of ‘own fire’ that crashed IAF chopper post-Balakot: Military court stays action against officers

In a huge development, a military court on Monday stayed action against two Indian Air Force officers in the disciplinary action for their alleged involvement in the chopper crash case in Srinagar the very next day after Balakot airstrikes in February 2019.

Six IAF officers, including two pilots and four crew members, were killed over Budgam while they were on their way back to the Srinagar airbase on February 27 around the same time Pakistani air force fighter jets were hovering over Indian territory.

“Both the officers (Group Captain SR Chowdhary and Wing Commander Shyam Naithani) had challenged the court of inquiry (CoI) as well as its finding on the ground of violation of particular air force rules as well as the composition of the Court of Inquiry being contrary to Air Force order,” the counsel of the two officers Ankur Chhibber said, according to news agency ANI.

The court has moved the next hearing on the case to September 30.

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