The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested another pilot for allegedly using forged documents to procure an airport transport pilot (ATP) licence from the country's aviation industry regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), police said on Monday.
"The accused pilot has been identified as Abhinav Kaushik, who was employed with IndiGo Airlines. Kaushik was held following investigations into a complaint filed by the DGCA, which had asked us to probe whether he had used forged marksheets to obtain an ATP licence," said a senior police officer.
With Kaushik being the latest, the Crime Branch has, so far, arrested seven persons in connection with the nationwide fake licence racket that first surfaced on March 26. The arrested include four pilots in addition to their conduits. "More arrests are likely to be made in the case. We are examining a huge number of complaints filed by the DGCA and the involvement of more pilots can't be ruled out. Some DGCA officials are also under scanner. It is also unclear how the absconding pilots procured their fake marksheets," the officer said.
According to the police, lookout circulars have been issued against three more pilots: identified as Swaran Singh Talwar of MDLR, Syed Habib Ali and Bhupinder Singh and a Mumbai-based flying instructor D Asatkar. The trio is on the run.
On March 26, four persons, including a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), were arrested by the Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in the nationwide forged flying license racket.
"The arrested were identified as Pradeep Kumar (48), presently an assistant director with the DGCA, Pradeep Tyagi (35), a pilot who helped interested parties in procuring fake marksheets, and two of Tyagi's associates Pankaj Jain (23) and Lalit Jain(34)," the officer said.