Asaram's chopper violates landing norms

Jaipur: A chopper ferrying spiritual guru Asaram Bapu allegedly landed twice in violation of norms in Rajasthan's Rajsamand district, risking the lives of his followers who had gathered to hear his sermons, an official said Thursday.

Pilot Yadvendra Singh of the private Karina Airlines has been served a show cause notice by sub-divisional magistrates of Amet and Nathdwara asking him why the chopper was landed in the areas yesterday without valid permission by the district administration, the Rajsamand Collector Onkar Singh said.

On the request of Asaram followers, permission was granted for landing of the chopper in the specific limit and helipad area, but it was grossly violated and the chopper landed in the midst of a crowd near the camps, he said.

The district administration has taken serious note of the violation of norms as it could have led to an untoward incident, the Collector said, adding a large number of his followers were present at Amet and Nathdwara towns, 280 kms from here.

After receiving the reply from the pilot, a report would be submitted to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for necessary action, Singh said.

However, the Collector said no notice was served to the spiritual guru who hired the chopper.