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Fake licence: 1 more pilot held

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested another pilot for allegedly procuring ATP licence using forged marksheets. Swarn Singh Talwar, a resident of Gurgaon, was arrested on Tuesday evening.

delhi Updated: Apr 21, 2011 00:39 IST
HT Correspondent

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested another pilot for allegedly procuring ATP licence using forged marksheets. Swarn Singh Talwar, a resident of Gurgaon, was arrested on Tuesday evening.

Talwar, a pilot of now defunct MDLR Airlines, had procured the Air Transport Pilot (ATP) licence using forged marksheets with the help of another pilot Pradeep Tyagi, who was also arrested earlier.

“Investigations revealed that Talwar met Tyagi at the Delhi Flying Club, where the latter assured him that on payment of Rs 50, 000 he can get an ATP licence. Tyagi managed to get a forged result card from two touts Lalit Jain and Pankaj Jain and then submitted the same, along with other documents, to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA),” DCP (crime) Ashok Chand said.

With the arrest of Talwar, police have arrested a total of seven pilots for procuring commercial pilot licence by allegedly submitting fake marksheets.

As many as 15 people, including three DGCA officials, have been arrested in Delhi and Jaipur since March 7, after the fake pilot scam was unearthed by the DGCA.

“In the forged result card of April 2010 session, Talwar was shown as having cleared the papers of Air Navigation Composite and Air Regulation. However, he had failed to clear the Air Navigation Composite paper in reality. On the basis of forged result card, he got his licence in July last year,” Chand added.

Talwar completed his BCom from Rajasthan University. In 1992, he joined the Rajasthan Flying Club, Jaipur, and completed his 20 hours of flying by 1993 and joined the Delhi Flying Club in 1993-94. He completed his 35-odd hours of flying from the Delhi Flying School. Later, he went to the US. In 1996, he came back with a commercial pilot licence (CPL) from the US and four months later he went to Australia.

In 2007, he got his CPL from Australia converted into CPL from India after passing the exams conducted by the DGCA. He joined the MDLR Airlines as co-pilot and worked there till it was operational (2009).

In March 2010, he went to the US and came back to India in March-end. In April, 2010 he sat for exams conducted by the DGCA for conversion of his licence. But he could not clear the exams and then forged his result card.