DGCA identifies three more fake pilots

The fake pilots scam has got bigger with DGCA forwarding three more names to police.

Updated: Apr 12, 2011, 20:30 PM IST

New Delhi: The fake pilots scam has got
bigger with airline regulator DGCA forwarding the names of
three more persons who procured commercial flying licences
allegedly on the basis of forged documents to Delhi Police
which launched its probe into the matter on Tuesday.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)
forwarded the names of three more pilots who procured the
Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) after the airline regulator
found that they have produced forged marksheets to get it.

"We have received three more names from DGCA regarding
the use of fake marksheets to get CPL. We are investigating
it. Some pilots are absconding. We are on the job," Ashok
Chand, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), said.

Police had on April 5 arrested two DGCA staffers
for allegedly helping people to obtain pilot licences using
forged documents, taking the total number of arrests in such
cases to 13.

Five pilots and three DGCA staffers have so far been
arrested by Delhi Police while two others have been
apprehended by Rajasthan Police in Jaipur in connection with
the racket. Three touts had also been arrested by Delhi

Mahan Jyoti Bhattacharya (37) and Mohammed K Ansari
(42) were apprehended on April five following the questioning
of two pilots Abhishek Kaushik and Hiren Nagar who claimed
that these DGCA staffers have taken lakhs of rupees from them
for providing licences using forged marksheets.

Kaushik and Nagar had procured Commercial Pilot
Licences allegedly using forged marksheets and the two DGCA
staff allegedly charged them hefty amount knowing that their
documents were forged.

With this, police have smashed two rackets involved in
procvuring pilot licences using forged marksheets. Earlier on
March 26, Delhi Police had claimed to have busted a gang
involved in helping pilots obtain licences using forged
documents with the arrest of a senior official of DGCA and
three others, including a pilot.

Pradeep Kumar (48), presently an Assistant Director
with the DGCA, Pradeep Tyagi (35), a pilot who helped others
procure fake marksheets, and his two associates Pankaj Jain
(23) and Lalit Jain (34) were arrested from Delhi and Chennai
then. Two pilots were arrested earlier in March.

In order to obtain CPL, one has to clear the
examination of DGCA which these people could not clear despite
several attempts.