New Delhi has approved the firing of an Indian Navy Commodore who was part of the $2.33 billion purchase of the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Groshkov. Why? He was allegedly being ‘honeytrapped’:
Singh’s photographs with the Russian woman had surfaced in April 2010 soon after India finally agreed to pay Russia $2.33 billion for the 44,570-tonne carrier’s refit, instead of the $974 million earmarked for it in the original contract inked in January 2004.
Singh, an engineer, was posted as the Indian warship production superintendent overseeing Gorshkov’s refit in Russia from 2005 to 2007. Even after returning to India, he continued to remain deeply connected with the programme as the principal director (aircraft carrier project) at Navy HQ till at least mid-2009. Last year, after the BoI indicted him, Singh was “relieved” of his posting in MoD’s directorate-general of quality assurance wing.
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