Fake license case: One more pilot under scanner
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 17:34
  
New Delhi: One more pilot has come under the scanner of Delhi Police for allegedly procuring licence using fake mark-sheets even as investigators stepped up efforts to nab another pilot who is still on the run.

With this, seven cases of pilots obtaining licences using forged mark-sheets have come to light and police have arrested four of them, two in Delhi and two in Jaipur, while a woman pilot has "joined investigations".

A senior police official said aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has reported one more case to Delhi Police's Crime Branch. "We have received one more complaint. We are investigating the matter," he said.

However, the official did not provide the identity of the pilot saying it would hamper the investigations.

Asked about the absconding pilot, he said they have stepped up efforts to nab Swaran Singh Talwar of MDLR who is on the run. Talwar's anticipatory bail application has been rejected.

Meenakshi Sehgal of Indigo, against whom also there is a complaint, has joined investigations but investigators alleged that she "was not cooperating" with them. Sehgal could not be arrested till March 24 as per a court order.

The Delhi Police had arrested Parwinder Kaur Gulati of Indigo and JK Verma of Air India while their Jaipur counterparts have apprehended Anoop Choudhury and Amit Moondra of Spice Jet for the similar offence.

Crime Branch sleuths are also in touch with their Jaipur counterparts to ascertain whether the accused pilots were in touch. "We believe that there was a channel of people who arranged the fake mark-sheets," the official said.

Investigators also believe that pilots might have paid Rs 10-12 lakh to touts. The official said they were trying to identify the touts from whom the pilots allegedly procured the mark-sheets.

One has to clear three subjects, Aviation Meteorology, Radio Aids & Instruments and Air Navigation, to get Airline Transport Pilot Licence, mandatory for becoming a Commander of a plane.

The seven accused have failed in at least one subject despite repeated attempts and have allegedly produced forged mark-sheets to DGCA for the licence.

In the wake of the fake pilot scare, the DGCA is planning to investigate documents of over 10,000 commercial pilot license (CPL) holders and conduct third-party audit of all flying schools in the country.

While all the 4,000-odd holders of Airline Transport Pilot Licenses (ATPLs) are currently being probed, DGCA chief E K Bharat Bhushan has said that the regulator is "considering looking into all the CPLs.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 17:34


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