The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has identified two more pilots who had submitted forged marksheets to obtain the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL).
After obtaining an ATPL, a First Officer is qualified to commander a flight.
In a separate case, Garima Passi, a pilot with low-cost carrier SpiceJet, quit on Thursday, a day after she was suspended and grounded by the airline.
Sources, however, said Passi was asked by the airline to put in her papers.
The two fresh cases unearthed on Thursday, which takes the total number of such cases to seven, came to light after the Delhi Police crime branch tipped off the DGCA about the pilots.
On checking, the information was found to be correct. The name of the two pilots and the airlines they work for has been kept under wraps to ensure that they don’t get away.
The tip-off from police assumes importance as that could mean that JK Verma, an Air India pilot who is in police custody, has started to “sing”.
While in the previous five cases it was the DGCA, which informed the police about suspects, in the latest case the information came from police.