Fake pilot scam: Govt vows to act tough
Calling fake pilot licenses a "big fraud" playing with human lives, Government today cracked the whip ordering an audit of all the 40 flying schools in the country.
New Delhi: Calling fake pilot licenses a
"big fraud" playing with human lives, Government today cracked
the whip ordering an audit of all the 40 flying schools in the
Government also vowed not to show any leniency,
describing as serious the issue of some pilots getting
licenses on the basis of forged marksheets or through illegal
means with the help of flying schools.
"There are about 40 flying schools. Now there is an
audit of these schools... Blanket order has been given to go
ahead into the complaints. There is no leniency to anybody,"
Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi told reporters outside
"This is a big fraud playing with human lives. There
will be no leniency to anybody. We will go very strongly by
abiding with the laws. Every angle would be looked into. The
issue is very serious," he said.
On the case of suspended woman pilot getting bail from
a court, "Everything would be done step by step. We want the
case to be very strong."
The Minister said the Director General of Civil
Aviation(DGCA) had discussed the issue with him "more than
once" and steps are being taken to address the issue.
Bharat Bhushan, the Director General in DGCA, said
essentially there are two types of frauds in regard to fake
One type of fraud related to not passing the
Commercial Pilot License(CPL) exam and producing false
marksheet to procure the flying license while the other
related to flying schools crediting flying hours in
certificates which has actually not been undertaken by the
persons concerned, he said.