Military court’s stay on action against officers in Srinagar helicopter accident

An army court has stayed the disciplinary action against two Air Force officers in the Srinagar helicopter crash. The accident occurred on the next day of the Balakot air strike last year. Following the February 14, 2019 terror attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama, the Indian Air Force attacked the Jaish-e-Muhammad militant base in Balakot, Pakistan in the early hours of 26 February. The next day, the Pakistani Air Force fighter aircraft entered the Indian border. At the same time, the Indian Air Force helicopter was returning to its base in Srinagar. The Air Force mistakenly considered it a helicopter of an enemy country and killed it. Six airmen including two pilots were killed in it. The challenge given in the head bench was in this case two Air Force officers (Group Captain SR Choudhary and Wing Commander Shyam Nathani) were found guilty in the Court of Inquiry. He challenged this in the head bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal. The military court has prima facie stayed any disciplinary action against the two officers till September 30, believing the Court of Inquiry to be a violation of the rules.

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