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Police arrest another pilot, two more to go

delhi Updated: May 13, 2011 02:34 IST
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The crime branch of Delhi Police has arrested another pilot for submitting fake documents to procure a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had filed a complaint that three more pilots had submitted forged documents to obtain Commercial Pilot Licences (CPL).

One of the pilots, identified as Rohit Kapoor (22), was arrested on Wednesday for submitting forged result card to obtain a CPL. The other two pilots have been identified as Jigesh G Bhai Patel and Saurabh P Lokhande. However, the two are yet to be arrested.

"Despite several attempts Rohit had been unable to clear the Air Navigation Composite paper. In July 2010, Rohit met an agent in Delhi who assured him that by paying R50,000, he can get a result card that reflected his having cleared the paper," Ashok Chand, DCP (crime) said. These forged documents were then submitted to the DGCA. However, the agency remained suspicious about his documents and did not clear his file. http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/130511/13_05_pg3a.jpg

“This is the fourth module that we have cracked in connection with the ongoing scam,” Chand added. So far, the Delhi Police have arrested 11 pilots, three DGCA officials, a middleman and two forgers in the scam. Two more fake pilots had been earlier arrested by the Jaipur Police.

Kapoor had joined a three-year diploma course in aeronautical mechanical engineering in a Hyderabad aviation academy. However, he left the course midway after two years.

In March 2008, he went to Philippines and joined a flying school. In December 2008, he came to India and appeared for DGCA’s examination but could not pass any paper. He once again gave all three exams in April 2009 but could pass only one paper on Air Regulation.

He then went back to Philippines. There, he completed his flying hours and got his CPL in January 2010. In April 2010, he appeared for the Air Navigation Composite paper for conversion of CPL (Philippines) into CPL (India) but could not clear it. It was then that he met the agent.