In the midsts of the ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan, a new claim is making rounds on Pakistan media and social media according to which Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar has been sacked after the Indian Air Force (IAF) lost its fighter aircraft to Pakistan in the recent standoff.
A Pakistani news channel carried a news story whose headline read: India sacks Air Marshal after heavy losses by PAF
The claim was posted on Facebook as well.
When NewsMobile fact-checked, we came to the conclusion that the above claims are Fake.
Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar has been NOT sacked by Indian Air Force. He retired on 28 February 2019 after an illustrious career spanning over 39 years.
Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar, AOC-in-C, Western Air Command IAF retired on 28 Feb 2019 after an illustrious career spanning over 39 yrs. The Air Marshal was commissioned in the Flying Branch of Indian Air Force in the year 1979.
Details on https://t.co/okJbv3h7IU pic.twitter.com/seHpDaLOZi
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) March 1, 2019
Air Marshal C Hari Kumar PVSM AVSM VM VSM ADC Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, WAC IAF Retires.
He was awarded ParamVishishtSeva Medal, AtiVishishtSeva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal, VishishtSeva Medal and appointed Honorary Air Force ADC to President of India.https://t.co/ZcggHUDNux pic.twitter.com/MYlRyW42Ed
— PIB India (@PIB_India) March 1, 2019
The verified twitter handles of the Indian Air Force and Press Information Bureau (PIB) confirmed the retirement of Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar.
The Air Marshal was commissioned in Flying Branch of Indian Air Force in the year 1979. He was a Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader having more than 3300 hours of flying to his credit.
He was awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal, VishishtSeva Medal and appointed Honorary Air Force ADC to President of India on 01 Jan 2017.
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