Fake pilot licence scam: Two DGCA officials held

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 10:07

New Delhi: Two DGCA officials have been
arrested here for allegedly helping pilots procure commercial
pilot licences.

The two - MJ Bhattacharya and Mohammed K Ansari -
were arrested by the crime branch of Delhi Police on Wednesday.

They were arrested for alleging helping pilots Hiren
Nagar and Abhishek Kaushik procure commercial pilot licences,
Ashok Chand, DCP (crime), said.

With this, a total of three DGCA staffers have been
arrested. A total of 13 people including pilots have arrested
in connection with the case.

Nagar and a tout Eknath Patil (46) were arrested from
Ahmedabad by a team of Delhi Police`s Crime Branch on Monday.

Kaushik had allegedly obtained the licence by
producing forged marksheets to DGCA. The arrests came
following investigations into a complaint filed by DGCA.

The pilots had allegedly procured commercial pilot
licenses using fake documents.

"One has to clear three subjects -- Aviation
Meteorology, Radio Aids and Instruments and Air Navigation --
to get ATPL, mandatory for becoming a Commander of a plane.
However, these pilots failed in one or the other paper," Chand
said.

During investigations, it came to light that Kaushik
had come in contact with Nagar as both of them had undergone
flying school training in a Flying School based in Madhya
Pradesh.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is
scrutinising the licenses of 3000-4000 pilots in the wake of
the fake pilot scam.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 10:07

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