PV Deshmukh, HAL’s senior-most director (MiG Complex), has been appointed as acting Chairman, HAL. The Ministry of Defence letter appointing Deshmukh as the interim chief was issued on October 14, just three days after HAL’s marketing head Sqn Ldr (Retd) Baldev Singh committed suicide.

Deshmukh, currently looking after the Sukhoi (Su-30 MKI) production and upgradation projects at HAL’s Nashik Division, will hold the post for three months from November 1 to January 31.

Pawan Hans chief R K Tyagi has already been nominated by the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) eligible to become HAL’s 16th chairman.

The interim arrangements are made as Tyagi has to get a complete ‘go-ahead’ from the MoD, Intelligence Bureau, Central Vigilance Commission and Cabinet Committee on Appointments. “The verification process takes at least three months,” PESB sources said.