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Role of more DGCA officers under scanner

delhi Updated: Apr 19, 2011 01:09 IST
Faizan Haider
Faizan Haider
Hindustan Times
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The crime branch of Delhi Police is suspecting the involvement of more officers of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in the fake pilot scam.

According to sources, investigation into the latest complaint has revealed that the accused pilots were in touch with a DGCA officer, who helped them ‘misplace’ their files from the DGCA office.

A senior officer of the DGCA had already been arrested by the crime branch.

“DGCA had recently given us names of three more pilots, who had obtained pilot’s licences producing fake marksheets,” said a senior police officer who did not want to be named.

“During investigation, it has emerged that the files of two of them is missing from DGCA office. We are investigating the role of others,” the officer added.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police have added section 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code to the case FIR.

“Since the file has gone missing, we have included another section in the FIR,” said the officer.

“These pilots were not in touch with the arrested DGCA officer, which means there is a separate network, which was helping pilots,” the officer added.

The crime branch has, so far, arrested eight persons in connection with the nationwide fake licence racket, that first surfaced on March 26. The arrested include five 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 in the scam can’t be ruled out at this point,” he added.

On March 26, four persons, including a senior DGCA officer, were arrested by the Delhi Police for their involvement in the nationwide forged flying licence racket.

According to the police, the aviation regulatory body had expressed its reservations about some pilots having procured their licences using forged marksheets.