Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari on Saturday said the ‘Court of Inquiry’ of the investigation team consisting of officers of the three services would be a fair process and this team would have to investigate every aspect of the incident. been asked to do. Chowdhury told reporters on the sidelines of a joint graduation parade at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal near here that the investigation would take “a few more weeks” to complete. He said, “I do not want to predict the outcome of the Court of Inquiry, as it is a holistic process. He (Air Marshal Manvendra Singh) has been empowered to investigate every aspect and look into every aspect as to what might have gone wrong and on that basis make appropriate recommendations and draw conclusions.
Chaudhary was asked about the details related to the investigation and the circumstances related to the helicopter crash, in response to which he made this remark. India’s Chief of Defense Staff, his wife and 12 other army personnel were killed in a helicopter crash on December 8 in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. He said, “I believe that I will not make any hasty announcement about what could be the reason for this (accident) or what retributive action we are going to take for this, so we have to wait till the Court of Inquiry is completed. Will have to wait for a few more weeks. I want to assure you that this is a very fair process.
After the helicopter crash, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh had informed Parliament that a team of the three services, led by Air Marshal Manvendra Singh, has started an investigation into the accident.
Earlier, addressing the passing out parade here, Choudhary said that fundamental changes are taking place in the nature of warfare and India’s security scenario involves multi-faceted threats and challenges, which will require capacity building in multiple areas. Choudhary said the Air Force is transforming into a highly powerful Air Force by inducting Rafale aircraft, Apache helicopters and extensive state-of-the-art systems.
“Fundamental changes are taking place in the nature of war. New technology and fundamentally new principles have emerged in the past few years. India’s security landscape includes multi-faceted threats and challenges. To deal with these, we will need capabilities in many areas and we will have to complete all our missions simultaneously and in less time.
Condoling the untimely demise of India’s first Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 12 other armed forces officers in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, Chowdhury said several programs were not organized during the parade in the wake of the accident. The decision was made.