Indian Air Force Wing Commander Pooja Thakur has moved the court on being denied permanent commission by the IAF.
Thakur has moved the Armed Forces Tribunal and in her petition, has claimed that IAF’s decision to deny her permanent commission is “biased, discriminatory, arbitrary and unreasonable”.
Thakur’s lawyer Sudhanshu Pandey said that the tribunal has admitted the matter. It has also sought IAF’s response.
Last year, Pooja Thakur became the first lady officer to lead the Inter-Service Guard of Honour which was inspected by US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
“It is a proud moment to be representing the Indian Air Force commanding the Inter-Services Guard of Honour and that too to Mr Barack Obama,” Thakur had said back then.
Thakur, who joined the IAF in 2000, belongs to the administrative branch. The officer’s father retired as a Colonel from the Indian Army.
Thakur had said her parents were proud when they first heard that she will be commanding the Guard of Honour, . “They were very proud because they would be seeing me and hoping that I would do well. Presenting Inter-Services Guard of Honour to an important dignitary is a proud moment for everyone of us,” she had said.
Thakur is currently posted at ‘Disha’, the publicity cell under the Directorate of Personnel Officers at the Air Force Headquarters.
As part of her duty, she was involved with the initiation and development of the IAF mobile game “Guardians of the Sky” which was visualised as a new and innovative step to reach the mobile-friendly tech-savvy students.
(With inputs from Agencies)