Police probe fake marksheets` trail

The pilots accused of using fake marksheets to procure flying licence might have arranged the documents through a "channel of people" including touts, police sources said.

Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 21:01 PM IST

New Delhi: The pilots accused of using
fake marksheets to procure flying licence might have arranged
the documents through a "channel of people" including touts,
police sources said here on Tuesday.

Delhi Police`s Crime Branch has already arrested two
pilots this month for allegedly obtaining flying licence using
fake marksheets while two others are on the run.
It appears that in these four cases, which were
brought to the notice of the police by aviation regulator
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), forged documents
were procured around the same time, a senior police official
said.

"All these cases were reported in 2010-end. None of
the four candidates managed to clear the tests till 2009
despite repeated attempts," a senior police official said.
Sources said they believe that there was a "channel of
people" who helped the pilots obtain the fake marksheets.

"One of the arrested pilot has identified the tout
while the other has not told us anything," the official said.

Asked if DGCA officials were under the scanner, the
official said they are investigating all angles and
"definitely we will have to look into why no red flag was
raised on this earlier."

However, the official said, as of now nothing has come
out against DGCA officials.

Two pilots arrested in the Capital for obtaining
flying licence by allegedly forging marksheets are believed to
have paid touts Rs 10-12 lakh each.

Police arrested Parminder Kaur Gulati (38) of Indigo
and Jitender Kishen Verma (46) of Air India in the last one
week.

As police widened its probe to nail the touts, they
are now looking for the other two absconding pilots Meenakshi
Sehgal of Indigo and Swaran Singh Talwar of MDLR -- against
whom DGCA has lodged complaints.

A senior police official said they were trying to
identify the touts from whom the pilots allegedly procured the
fake marksheets. "They are believed have paid something around
Rs 10-12 lakh. We are investigating this," the official said.

In the wake of the fake pilot scare, licenses of 3,000
to 4,000 pilots are being scrutinised by the DGCA, according
to Civil Aviation secretary Nasim Zaidi.

PTI