Gorshkov deal: Navy completes inquiry into Commodore case
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 20:20
New Delhi: The Navy has completed its inquiry into the Commodore Sukhjinder Singh case, in which certain "objectionable" photographs of the official with a Russian woman were received by the service here.

The Board of Inquiry headed by a Vice Admiral-rank officer has concluded its probe and submitted its findings in the report with the personnel branch of the Navy on Tuesday evening, sources in the Navy said here.

After receiving his "objectionable" pictures with a Russian woman about a couple of weeks ago, the navy had ordered an inquiry to find out if the official's proximity to the woman had any impact on the Gorshkov deal.

The report will now be forwarded to navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma who will give his recommendations on the punishment to be awarded to the officer and forward it to the Defence Ministry for ratification of his decision, sources said.

The official was closely associated with the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier project and was in Russia overseeing the warship's construction in Sevmash shipyard there in the period 2005-07.

After being posted back to India, he remained attached with the programme as Principal Director (Aircraft Carrier Project) before being transferred to the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) late last year.

Recently, India signed a fresh deal worth USD 2.33 billion (11,000 crore) with Russia for procuring the warship which was originally bought for USD 974 million in 2004 after Moscow increased the price by almost three-fold for refurbishing the aircraft carrier.


First Published: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 20:20

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