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Police arrest two more fake pilots

The crime branch of Delhi Police have arrested two more pilots who had obtained license on the basis of fake documents.

delhi Updated: May 06, 2011 01:05 IST
HT Correspondent

The crime branch of Delhi Police have arrested two more pilots who had obtained license on the basis of fake documents.

The arrested pilots have been identified as Captain Param Prakash (21) and Captain Anirban Sannigrahi (22) and both have obtained license through fake documents from an agent who is absconding.

Param, a resident of Palwal in Haryana, was arrested on April 28 while Anirban was arrested on Monday. "Param after completing his Class 12 in 2006 joined Kanpur Flying Club and completed his flying hours. He could not clear Aviation Meteorology paper and in December 2008, he met a contact in Delhi who told him that on payment of Rs1 lakh he would provide him with a result card that would reflect that he had passed Aviation Meteorology paper," said Ashok Chand, DCP (crime).

Param reportedly paid Rs 50,000 to that agent and got a forged result card of passing the Aviation Meteorology paper. On the basis of forged documents he got the commercial pilot license (CPL) in May 2009.

Anirban after completing his Class 12 from Kolkata joined the Kolkata Flying School in May 2007. But due to unavailability of flight instructor and no Air Worthiness Certificate from the flying school, he could not fly even a single hour at the flying club. After that in September 2007, he went to Texas, USA and joined Marc-Air-Incorporation Flying Club.

"In May 2008, he got CPL (USA) FAA and came to India. In June 2008, he enrolled with DGCA. In July 2008, he sat for two exams — Air Navigation Composite and Air Regulation — but could not clear the later one. He then met an agent who assured him that the fake result card can be arranged for R3 lakh.

"The agent then submitted the documents for obtaining of the CPL with DGCA. However, there was suspicion over his documents and the file was kept pending for the issue of CPL by the DGCA," Chand added.

Till now, police have arrested a total of nine pilots for procuring commercial pilot license or Air Transport Pilot License by allegedly submitting fake marksheets. A total of 17 people, including three Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials, have been arrested in Delhi and Jaipur since March 7 after the fake pilot scam was unearthed by the DGCA.