New Delhi: One more pilot has been arrested
here for allegedly using forged marksheets to procure
commercial pilot flying licence, taking the total number of
people arrested in such cases to 24.
Anirudh Kiran Deshpande (23) was arrested yesterday after
it was found that he used forged marksheets to convert his
Philippines Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) into Indian
Commercial Pilot Licence.
The police action came on a complaint filed by the Chief
Vigilance Officer at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation
"Deshpande obtained his Foreign CPL from Spartan College
of Aeronautics & Technology, TULSA Okhlama in 2008. After
coming to India, he appeared for two papers -- Air Navigation
Composite and Air Regulation in July 2009 Session. However he
could not clear the Air Navigation Composite paper," Ashok
Chand, Deputy Commissioner, Crime and Railways, said.
He reappeared for the paper in October 2009 and January
2010 but in vain and in the meantime he came in contact with
one O P Malhotra outside the DGCA office.
"Malhotra assured him that he could help him in clearing
the paper and obtaining CPL at the earliest as he had contacts
in DGCA. A deal was struck for Rs 3 lakh and Rs 1,80,000 was
paid as advance," Chand said.
On Malhotra`s advice, Anirudh Kiran Deshpande again
appeared in April 2010 session but failed to clear the paper
this time as well.
In July 2010, Malhotra called Deshpande and told him that
the mark sheet in which he had cleared the Air Navigation
Composite paper has been obtained, Chand said.
"The mark sheet alongwith other documents were submitted
in the office of DGCA on July 20, 2010 for issue of CPL.
However, the fraud was detected by the DGCA while scrutiny of
his documents," the police official said.
Deshpande is presently pursuing B E (Computer Science)
from Rajasthan Vidyapeeth (Distance Education).
With this, Delhi Police has arrested 24 persons in the
case. The last arrest by Delhi Police was made on September