Another arrest in Raj fake pilot license scam
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 23:39
Jaipur: The Rajasthan Anti Corruption Bureau has arrested a person for allegedly obtaining commercial pilot license in a fraudulent manner.

Rakesh Mehta, a former student of the Rajasthan Flying School, hails from New Delhi.

He was arrested yesterday at Sanganer locality here.

"Mehta was the student of state flying school in Jaipur, whose chief flying instructor, MK Chaudhary, and others were arrested in the fake pilot scam in 2010. Mehta claimed 150 hours of flying but it was fake," Additional SP (ACB) Randhir Singh, said on Tuesday.

A person is eligible to fly a commercial aircraft only when he or she secures a Commercial Pilot License (CPL), which is given out after a person completes 200 hours of flying during the training.

He was produced before a local ACB court and was released on a bail yesterday. The commercial pilot license of the accused was suspended by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) after the government-run flying school's name cropped up in the scam.

So far over a dozen people, including pilots and DGCA staffers, have been arrested since 2010 on charges of using forged marksheets, fudging flying hours and related documents to procure flying licenses from the DGCA.


First Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 23:39

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