Press Esc to close
Sunday 01 February 2015
News updated at 11:09 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28°C
Min : 17°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Bribe-for-display taint to Aero India 2011

Last updated: 05 March, 2011
Chandan Nandy, Bangalore, March 5, DHNS:

Within days of its successful hosting here, Aero India 2011 has been tainted by allegations that an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer accepted bribes in large sums of money, including in euros, from foreign exhibitors for giving some of them favourable positions in the ''static display area.''

An inquiry has been ordered against an  IAF officer.

A Court of Inquiry (CoI) has been ordered against Wing Commander Thakur on the basis of a report of Assistant Provost Marshall (Bangalore), Wing Commander Vijay Kumar.

This report was sent to Air Headquarters in New Delhi a few days after February 12, the day Wg Cdr Thakur was allegedly caught red-handed accepting Rs 20,000 in marked currency notes from a decoy which the Department of Defence Productions and Supplies had employed to lay the trap.  Thakur, previously a fighter pilot, had later moved to flying IAF transport aircraft.

The CoI is being presided over by Group Captain Daniel Victor. The trap was set up after allegations surfaced that Wg Cdr Thakur was seen accepting money on the first two days of Aero India from foreign exhibitors. According to preliminary investigations, he is suspected to have collected three lakh euros. IAF officers, like Wg Cdr Thakur, were decision makers to position exhibits in the static display area and they had leverage to favour some exhibitors over others.

Wg Cdr Kumar’s report has raised questions of not just the involvement of other senior IAF officers in the bribes-for-favourable-placements case, but also suspects that previous Aero India shows in Bangalore may also have been tainted with under-the-table dealings.

Senior Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials disclosed to Deccan Herald that soon after he was trapped, Wg Cdr Thakur first called up a Bangalore-based superior officer whose name is being withheld for legal reasons.

Honey traps used

It is reliably learnt that three weeks before the five-day Aero India show, which began in Yelahanka near here on February 9, Wg Cdr Thakur was counter-intelligence officer at the Yelahanka air base and was shifted to oversee the arrangements at the static display area along with another officer.

What has shocked the IAF community in Bangalore and the MoD is allegations that European women were employed to “soften up” officers who were involved with making arrangements for Aero India 2011.

A photograph of an Air Marshall in the company of a European woman believed to be a commercial sex worker has been found and which, along with a separate report, has been sent to the MoD in South Block, New Delhi.

While the CoI will probe Wg Thakur’s case, parallel investigations by the IAF, the MoD and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) will likely inquire into suspicions that senior officers might have links with foreign aircraft manufacturers.

The IB station in Bangalore is understood to have sent a detailed report to the Defence ministry and the Ministry of Home Affairs.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A machine cleaning pollution from River Ganga during the Magh Mela Festival in Allahabad...

A machine cleaning pollution from River Ganga during the Magh Mela Festival in Allahabad...

Farah Khan announces the Gautam Gulati as the winner of Bigg Boss Season 8...

Farah Khan announces the Gautam Gulati as the winner of Bigg Boss Season 8...

Devotees feed Siberian migratory birds after taking a holy dip in the River Ganges...

Devotees feed Siberian migratory birds after taking a holy dip in the River Ganges...

Hingis of Switzerland and Paes of India kiss their trophy at the Australian Open 2015...

Hingis of Switzerland and Paes of India kiss their trophy at the Australian Open 2015...

Hingis of Switzerland and Paes of India celebrate the winning movement of Australian Open 2015...

Hingis of Switzerland and Paes of India celebrate the winning movement of Australian Open 2015...

A senior traffic police officer stops a truck at Qazigund as Srinagar- Jammu National Highway...

A senior traffic police officer stops a truck at Qazigund as Srinagar- Jammu National Highway...

Jacqueline Fernandez during a promotional event in Jaipur on Sunday...

Jacqueline Fernandez during a promotional event in Jaipur on Sunday...

John Abraham takes selfie with Delhi Waveriders players during their HIL match...

John Abraham takes selfie with Delhi Waveriders players during their HIL match...

Madhuri Dixit Nene with husband Sriram Nene during the 60th Britannia Filmfare Awards...

Madhuri Dixit Nene with husband Sriram Nene during the 60th Britannia Filmfare Awards...

Sonam Kapoor during the 60th Britannia Filmfare Awards in Mumbai...

Sonam Kapoor during the 60th Britannia Filmfare Awards in Mumbai...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523