Another fake pilot held, total arrest reaches 19

One more pilot was arrested here for allegedly using forged marksheets to procure commercial flying licences, taking the total number of people arrested in such cases to 19.

Last Updated: May 12, 2011, 19:03 PM IST

New Delhi: One more pilot was arrested here
for allegedly using forged marksheets to procure commercial
flying licences, taking the total number of people arrested in
such cases to 19.

The names of Jigesh G Bhai Patel and Saurabh P Lokhande
have also been forwarded to Delhi Police`s Crime Branch by
airline regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation
(DGCA), which claimed that the duo submitted forged marksheets
for obtaining the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL).
Rohit Kapoor (22) was apprehended from R K Puram in south
Delhi yesterday, Ashok Chand, Deputy Commissioner of Police
(Crime), said today.

Patel and Lokhande as well as a middleman are yet to be
arrested, he said.

"This is the fourth module which we have cracked in this
connection," Chand said, adding a total of five pilots and two
middlemen are on the run.

With this, Delhi Police have arrested 11 pilots, three
DGCA officials, a middleman and two forgers. Jaipur Police had
also earlier arrested two fake pilots.

Police have so far cracked four modules involved in
supplying forged marksheets to help people procure pilot
licences.

Kapoor had joined a three-year diploma course in
aeronautical mechanical engineering from an aviation academy
in Hyderabad but left the course after completing two years
as he did not find it useful.

In March 2008, he went to Phillipines for a flying course
and joined an institute. In December 2008, he came to India
and appeared for pilot examination but could not pass any
paper. He once again appeared in all the three exams in April
2009 but could pass only one paper of Air Regulation.
"Then he went back to Phillipines and completed his flying
hours and got his CPL in January 2010. In April 2010 session,
he appeared in Air Navigation Composite paper for conversion
of CPL (Phillipines) into CPL (India) but could not clear the
same.

"Thereafter, he once again appeared for Air Navigation
Composite paper in June 2010 special session but could not
clear the paper. In July 2010, he met a contact in Delhi who
assured him that on payment of Rs 50,000 he would help him in
getting him the result card and would also get his file
processed in DGCA for grant of CPL licence," Chand said.

Kapoor allegedly paid Rs 50,000 to the contact who then
submitted the documents for obtaining of CPL with the DGCA.
However, there was suspicion over his documents and the file
was kept pending by the DGCA.

The first module relating to the grant of Airline
Transportation Pilot Licence (ATPL), kingpin Pradeep Tyagi,
Parminder Kaur Gulati, Jitender Krishan Varma, Meenakshi
Singhal, Swarn Singh Talwar, all pilots, forgers Lalit Jain
and Pankaj Jain and DGCA official Pradeep Kumar, were
arrested.

Two pilots - Syed Ali Habeeb and Bhupinder Singh - and
middleman Deepak Asatkar are absconding.

The second module relates to the grant of CPL licence. The
kingpin of this module Eknath Patil, pilots Abhishek Kaushik
and Hiren Nagar and two DGCA officials Mohd Kasim Ansari and
Mahan Jyoti Bhattacharya, were arrested while a pilot Gaurav
Jain is still on the run.

The third module, which was smashed on May 2, also dealt
with CPL licences. "The kingpin of the module has been
identified but is yet to be arrested. The first to be arrested
in this module was pilot Saif Misbah on April 14 followed by
two other pilots - Prakash, who was arrested on April 28, and
Sannigrahi, held on May 2," he added.

PTI