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PMO says no "ulterior motives" behind DRDO chief's exit: Sources

| | 14 Jan 2015, 01:55 pm
New Delhi, Jan 14 (IBNS): The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre on Tuesday abruptly removed Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief Avinash Chander 15 months before his contract was to terminate.

Chander’s removal was executed by a cabinet committee on appointments headed by PM Modi. His removal is reportedly without explanation to him. He is likely to be replaced by director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Sekhar Basu, 62.

Media reports quoting Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said there was no “ulterior motives” behind the removal.

Sources said the DRDO chief’s contract, extended in November to May, 2015, was terminated on Tuesday. He came to work as usual on Wednesday saying he never received any official notice on his removal which was cleared by an appointments panel led by the PM.

According to media reports, no reason was given for the sacking of the country’s one of the finest missile scientists - often known as the “Agni man”. He has been instrumental behind the long-range Agni series missile programmes and all defence technology related issues in the country.

Chander is also the scientific adviser to the Defence Minister.

Earlier in August last year, PM Modi had criticized the “chalta hai (laid back)” attitude at a DRDO function which is being considered as a reason behind the unceremonious removal of its chief.

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