Monday, March 21, 2011

Two pilots arrested for fraudulent licences

Jaipur: Rajasthan anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Monday arrested two SpiceJet pilots for ``fraudulently obtaining commercial pilot licenses (CPL) from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)''.
Officials said three JetLite and Jet Airways' pilots would soon be arrested on same charges. The agency had earlier arrested Rahul Yadav who had flown 1,000 hours for Indian Airlines. The ACB said DGCA recently suspended licenses of seven pilots and two flying school instructors in this connection.
ACB IG Umesh Mishra said SpiceJet's Captain Anuj Kumar Chaudhary and co-pilot Amit Mundra were summoned to ACB's headquarters in Jaipur and later arrested after interrogation on Monday.
Mishra said Chaudhary, a Muzaffarnagarresident, had flown about 4,000 hours as commercial pilot and Mundara from Rajasthan's Nagaur district 2,800 hours for the private airline. Rajasthan state flying school chief flying inspector Mohindar Kumar Chaudhary and his counterpart at Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation in Hisar, Mahavir Singh Beniwal, had issued flying hours certificates to them through dubious means.
ASP Bhupendra Yadav, investigating officer in the case, said police have issued notices to JetLite and Jet Airways seeking details of three other pilots. ``After investigation, it has come up that they also got CPLs fraudulently.''

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