Two more arrests in fake pilot licence racket

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 10:56

New Delhi: Two more persons, including a
pilot, were arrested in Ahmedabad by Delhi Police for
allegedly using forged marksheets to procure licence from the
country`s airline regulator DGCA, taking the total number of
arrests in such cases to 11.

With this, five pilots have been arrested by Delhi
Police while two others have been apprehended by Rajasthan
Police in Jaipur in connection with the racket. A senior DGCA
official and three touts were also arrested in this case
earlier.

"The Crime Branch team has arrested two persons from
Ahmedabad. One is a pilot while another is a tout," Ashok
Chand, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), said. He did
not provide further details.

The arrests came following investigations into a
complaint filed by Directorate General of Civil Aviation
(DGCA) that he forged marksheets to obtain a licence.

Late last week, police had arrested Abhinav Kaushik,
belonging to private airline IndiGo, in connection with the
case.

The pilots had allegedly procured Airlines Transport
Pilot Licence (ATPL) 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," a senior police official said.

The Delhi Police on March 26 had claimed that it had
cracked the 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
last week. Two pilots were arrested early last month.

"Tyagi is the main person behind the racket. Asatkar
of Mumbai is a conduit of the gang. The pilots have paid Rs 12
lakh each for the forged marksheets to get licences. Rs 25,000
was given to Kumar by Tyagi for expediting their files," the
official said.

In the wake of reports of pilots using forged
marksheets, licences of 3,000 to 4,000 pilots are being
scrutinised by the DGCA.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 10:56

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