Court of Inquiry on Chopper Crash Will Be Thorough Process: IAF Chief

| Updated: December 18, 2021 8:47 pm

The Court of Inquiry being conducted by a tri-services inquiry team will be a fair process, Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari told reporters on Saturday.

Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari said the probe will take a few more weeks and he would not like to preempt any of the findings of the court of inquiry by commenting on it.

“I would not like to preempt any of the findings of the court of inquiry, because it’s a thorough process. The mandate given to him (Air Marshal Manavendra Singh) was to investigate every single angle and look into every single aspect of what could have gone wrong and come out with the suitable recommendations and findings,” he said.

He was replying to a query on the details related to the investigation and the situation and circumstances of the chopper crash that killed General Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, his wife and 12 other armed forces personnel, in Tamil Nadu on December 8.

“I would recommend that I do not make any announcement in haste about what could have been the cause or what are the remedial actions that we are going to institute. So, we will just have to wait for a few more weeks till he completes the court of inquiry. Let me assure you that it is a very, very fair process, the entire court of inquiry,” he said.

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