Evening news wrap: IAF admits shooting down own chopper on Feb 27, Navlakha gets SC’s arrest shield and more

Evening news wrap: SC provides Navlakha arrest shield till Oct 15, how to read RBI’s monetary policy; and more

Indian Air Force Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria Friday admitted that shooting down its own Mi-17 helicopter in Kashmir on February 27 was a “big mistake” and punitive action is being taken against the guilty. “It was a big mistake on our part to shoot down our own helicopter on Feb 27. Court of inquiry submitted its report on shooting down of chopper, disciplinary action being taken against two officers,” he said. In his first press conference after being appointed the Indian Air Force Chief, Bhadauria said Air Force has achieved many important milestones in the last year including Balakot airstrike. Read more

The Supreme Court Friday extended the interim protection from arrest for rights activist Gautam Navlakha till October 15 in the Elgaar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon violence case in Pune. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta also directed the Maharashtra government to produce the material collected against Navlakha during the probe at the next hearing on October 15. The bench was hearing Navlakha’s petition challenging the Bombay High Court’s rejection of his earlier plea to quash the FIR against him in the case. Read more

On Friday, Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das surprised markets by announcing both the RBI’s revision of the benchmark interest rate in the economy as well as the economic growth…

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