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Agni 5 project director moved out, alleges victimisation

While DRDO sources termed the transfer as “routine”, the officer has alleged that he was singled out by two senior officials within the organization including former chief Avinash Chander, who demitted his office on January 31.

The incident came just days after the successful canister launch of the inter-continental missile on January 31.

Gupta has complained to the ministry that he received the letter, dated January 9, only on February 2 when he reached his office after the successful launch.

“With all humility and respect, I wish to bring to your notice that on February 2, I was relinquished from the post of project director Agni 5. I am shocked that... such bad treatment is meted out to such a senior scientist with an excellent track record throughout service tenure,” he said in his letter to defence secretary R K Mathur, who is also holding the additional charge of DRDO.

Incidentally Gupta’s name had come up in connection with the sudden termination of Chander’s contract by the government, 15 months ahead of his tenure.
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