Air India pilot held for forging marksheet

Capt JK Verma allegedly forged marksheets of Pilot License Examination for obtaining the licence.

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2011, 01:12 AM IST

New Delhi: An Air India pilot has been
arrested in the capital for allegedly using forged marksheets
to procure a licence from country`s airline regulator, the
second such incident in the past four days.

Captain J K Verma was apprehended here late last night
after following investigations into a complaint filed by the
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which claimed
that some of the pilots had forged marksheets to get licence.
"We have arrested Verma. Investigations are on. We
have been provided more names by the DGCA. The scanner is on
two more pilots Meenakshi Sehgal of Indigo and Swaran Singh
Talwar of MDLR," the official said. Verma is in his fourties.

Verma allegedly forged marksheets of Pilot License
Examination for obtaining the licence.

The official said Sehgal, a resident of North Delhi,
and Talwar, a resident of Jaipur, were absconding.
Delhi Police`s Crime Branch had on March 8 arrested
Parminder Kaur Gulati (38), a suspended pilot of Indigo, for
allegedly obtained the mandatory Airlines Transport Pilot
License (ALTP) using on forged documents.

According to Civil Aviation secretary Nasim Zaidi, the
licenses of 3,000 to 4,000 pilots are being scrutinised by
DGCA following the arrest of Gulati on charges of forging
documents to procure the license.

"Commercial pilot licenses are being scrutinised
following this incident," Zaidi has said,

With ATPL, one can become a co-pilot and to get a full
fledged commercial pilot licence one should have ATPL with
adequate flying hours. Gulati was grounded on January 11
following an incident of hard landing of an Indigo in Goa.

During initial enquiry by DGCA, it was found that she
had allegedly submitted forged result card of Pilot License
Examination of January 2009 for obtaining ALTP. On the basis
of the complaint, a case was registered.

"It emerged that the result card of Pilot License
Examination submitted by Gulati as proof of passing Air
Navigation and Radio Aids and Instruments subjects in January
2009 session for obtaining ALTP license was forged," he said.

Actually, he said, she had failed in Air Navigation
and was absent in the other paper of Radio Aids and
Instruments.

She again appeared for the above subjects in April
2009 session and July 2009 session but on the both the
occasions, she could not clear the papers.

In order to obtain ATPL, a pilot has to clear three
subjects -- Aviation Meterology, Air Navigation and Radio Aids
& Instruments.

Gulati had cleared Aviation Meterology in April 2008
but inspite of repeated attempts, she could not clear Air
Navigation and Radio Aids & Instruments.

"She submitted forged result card of passing Air
Navigation and Radio Aids & Instruments to DGCA in November
2009 and on she was issued ATPL License," he said.

PTI