Fake licences scam: Another pilot arrested

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 14:01

New Delhi: The Delhi Police have arrested a
pilot working with a private airline for procuring a
commercial pilot license by allegedly submitting fake
marksheets.

With the arrest of Swarn Singh, police has arrested a
total of seven pilots for procuring commercial pilot licence
or Air Transport Pilot Licence by allegedly submitting fake
marksheets.

A total of 15 people have been arrested in Delhi and
Jaipur since March 7 after the fake pilot scam was
unearthed by the DGCA.

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.

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.

Police had yesterday said that some files related to
some pilots under scanner for obtaining licences using forged
documents have gone missing from airline regulator DGCA`s
office.

Police have registered a case of destruction of
evidence against unknown persons in this regard and initiated
an investigation into the incident, which they believe is
done to protect some DGCA officials who were involved in
helping people procure pilot licences using forged marksheets.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 14:01

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