The civil aviation ministry on Friday said it will take legal action, including filing an FIR, against the pilot who flew a private chartered jet to Dimpaur with a passenger carrying Rs 3.5 crore in the scrapped high value banknotes.
The ministry will also issue show cause notice to the operator of the chartered jet plane, civil aviation secretary RN Choubey said.
“We are also going to issue show cause notice to the operator who has flown this aircraft,” Choubey said.
The secretary said that as per the aviation security order, “it is the responsibility of the pilot of the aircraft to do any frisking or checking that you have to do regarding the passengers and the baggage... And he (the pilot) is not supposed to aid anything illegal,” he said.
Earlier this week, a Bihar-based businessman, travelling alone in a chartered jet, was apprehended at the Dimapur airport for allegedly carrying Rs 3.5 crore in demonetised currency.
The case was later handed over to local income tax authorities. They said the man had come in Dimapur on a jet that had taken off from Hissar in Haryana early on Tuesday.
“So we are taking action against the pilot, operator and FIR is being filed. In addition, DGCA processes relating to licensing to the pilot and service provider will be started soon,” he said.