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Woman pilot takes IAF to court after being denied permanent commission

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New Delhi: Wing Commander Pooja Thakur, moved Armed Forces Tribunal after being denied permanent commission by the Indian Air Force.

She is the first lady officer to lead the Inter-Service Guard of Honour which was inspected by US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan in January 2015.

The Armed Forces Tribunal has admitted the matter and has sought IAF’s response within 4 weeks, Thakur’s Lawyer Sudhanshu Pandey told ANI.

The officer in her petition says that the IAF’s decision to reject her permanent commission is “biased, discriminatory, arbitrary and unreasonable”.

The incident comes after the Air Force recently allowed women fighter pilots for short service commission.

Last month, the IAF scripted history by formally commissioning its first three women fighter pilots. (ANI)

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