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Deccan Aviation pilots granted bail

A court in Bilaspur grants bail to the two pilots of a Deccan Aviation helicopter who allegedly breached Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's security.

india Updated: Dec 18, 2007 20:59 IST

A court in Bilaspur on Tuesday granted bail to the two pilots of a Deccan Aviation helicopter who allegedly breached Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's security.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Baldev Thakur granted bail to pilot Col K Mehta and co-pilot Col MS Sehgal on a surety of Rs 50,000 each and ordered release of the impounded helicopter on a security bond of Rs 2 crore.

The court, however, said that the two pilots have to present themselves before the police as and when required during the investigation.

The chopper had landed at Lohnu helipad in Bilapsur on Monday to pick up CWC member RK Dhawan when the Prime Minister was about to take off for a rally at Palampur after addressing one in Bilaspur.

The makeshift helipad already had three helicopters lined up for the VVIP take off when the Deccan Aviation crew virtually forcelanded despite warning from the ground staff.

Police took the pilot and co-pilot into custody on charges of breach of Prime Minister's security but they were later released on the ground that the offence was bailable.

The two crew had been charged under the provisions of the air traffic control rules and under Section 336 of IPC dealing with acts endangering life and personal safety.