The Mumbai crime branch, on Monday, arrested the man who had allegedly threatened to blow up the Mumbai-Delhi GoAir flight 343 on November 10. Police said Sandeep Menon had done so out of professional jealously with a business partner to teach him a lesson.
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), said that Menon, 44, a resident of Vile Parle, was arrested by a team of sleuths from the unit 8 crime branch, led by police inspector Deepak Phatangare.
An officer from unit 8 said that Menon had professional rivalry with a colleague of his, Ambarish Parikh, who was on-board the GoAir flight. The flight was checked by the bomb detection and disposal squad before departure. As they found nothing, the flight finally took off for Delhi at 2am.
Menon allegedly wanted to teach Parikh a lesson because of which he called up the GoAir office and told them that a bomb had been placed on the flight. He also told them that he was informed about the bomb by Parikh, who was on-board the flight, said police.
Officials said Menon and Parikh had a partnership business and often had disputes. Menon wanted to settle one such dispute on November 10. However, Parikh told him he was already at the airport and about to board a flight.
Menon told the police that he did not expect them to take his hoax call so seriously.
A case was registered at the airport police station and Menon was charged under the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation Act, 1982; the Indian Penal Code 505(b), (intent to cause, or likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public) and also the Information Technology Act.