Sunday, March 13, 2011

Air India pilot arrested for forging marksheet

NEW DELHI: The crime branch of Delhi police has arrested an Air India pilot JK Verma in the capital for allegedly using forged marksheets to procure a licence from country's airline regulator, the second such incident in the past four days.

Captain Verma allegedly forged marksheets of Pilot License Examination for obtaining the licence. An FIR has been registered against the Air India pilot who has been charged with cheating and fraud.

Verma was picked up by the crime branch for questioning on Saturday following investigations into a complaint filed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which claimed that some of the pilots had forged marksheets to get licence.

He becomes the second pilot to be arrested after IndiGo airline's commander Parminder Kaur Gulati (38), for allegedly obtained the mandatory Airlines Transport Pilot License (ALTP) using on forged documents.

With ATPL, one can become a co-pilot and to get a full fledged commercial pilot licence one should have ATPL with adequate flying hours. Gulati was grounded on January 11 following an incident of hard landing of an Indigo in Goa.

During initial enquiry by DGCA, it was found that she had allegedly submitted forged result card of Pilot License Examination of January 2009 for obtaining ALTP. On the basis of the complaint, a case was registered.

The police have till now questioned four pilots on their licence papers.

The other two pilots under the scanner are Meenakshi Sehgal of IndiGo, a resident of Delhi and Swarn Singh Talwar of MDLR who is a resident of Jaipur.

TOI was the first to report about the three pilots using fraudulent means to obtain licences so that they could command an aircraft.

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