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Cops may arrest fifth pilot for forgery

delhi Updated: Mar 23, 2011 00:23 IST
Karan Choudhury

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police is likely to arrest the fifth pilot who allegedly used forged mark sheets to get an airline transport pilot license.

The police had last week got a complaint about the fifth pilot in the case. So far, the police have not been able to locate him and have sent teams to nab him.

However, they have not divulged the name of the pilot in the case as of now as he is allegedly a 'flight risk'.

"We are investigating the matter and the arrest will be made soon. We have the address and other details of the person but as of now we are trying to locate him," said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

On March 9, the police had arrested Parminder Kaur Gulati, who was with Indigo airlines. Gulati had obtained the mandatory Airlines Transport Pilot License (ALTP) using forged documents after being grounded on January 11 following a 'hard landing' by an Indigo flight in Goa.

On March 13, Captain JK Verma with Air India was found to have forged the mark sheets of the Pilot License Examination (PLE) - essential to obtain a commercial flying license.

Police said they had zeroed-in on two more pilots, identified as Meenakshi Sehgal with Indigo airlines and Swaran Singh Talwar of MDLR. Talwar was denied bail in the case.

Meanwhile, the DGCA chief EK Bharat Bhushan met representatives of flying clubs here on Tuesday.

The DGCA - India's aviation sector's safety regulator has decided to form a special investigation team, which would be checking the log books and other records of flying clubs across the country.

In all, there are 40 flying clubs in India. While flying club representatives briefed Bhushan on the operational problems, the DGCA chief is learnt to have warned them of strict action if any irregularities were found.

"The idea behind the meeting was to improve the overall system that is in place and bring in more checks and balances," a senior official said.