Probe into conduct of Navy officer linked with Gorshkov: Govt

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 00:12

New Delhi: Government today said the Navy is
inquiring into the conduct of Commodore Sukhjinder Singh, who
was posted as the in-charge of Admiral Gorshkov project in
Russia.

"Navy has instituted an inquiry to investigate into the
conduct of Commodore Sukhjinder Singh who had served as
Warship Production Superintendent to oversee the repair and
modernisation of the ship Admiral Gorshkov at Severodvinsk,
Russia," Defence Minister A K Antony said in reply to a
question in the Lok Sabha.

The Board of Inquiry was initiated last month by the Navy
after a CD purportedly containing objectionable pictures of
Singh with a Russian women were received by the Navy
headquarters here.

Commodore Singh was posted as the Indian warship
production superintendent overseeing Gorshkov`s refit in
Russia from 2005 to 2007.

Even after returning to India, he remained connected with
the programme as the principal director (aircraft carrier
project) at Navy headquarters till mid-2009.

Answering another query, Antony said Defence Ministry had
accorded permission for grant of lease of 6.5 acres of defence
land for construction of office complex of Institute of
Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) for an initial term of 30
years.

He said as per the terms of the lease, IDSA was required
to undertake construction of the office accommodation on the
site within 30 months after getting the building plan approved
from the Cantonment Board but it carried out constructions
without obtaining sanction of the Board.

"A portion of the residential complex has been leased by
IDSA to Residency Hotels," the Minister said.

-PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 00:12

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