The Bombay high court has come to the rescue of a pilot with Jet Airways who is facing a charge of rape by his former live-in partner, a 24-year-old air hostess with the same airline.
The high court recently directed the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security to grant him an Aerodrome Entry Pass, which was declined because of the criminal case against him.
The allegations levelled against the pilot had absolutely no bearing on airport security, the division bench of justice DY Chandrachud and justice Amjad Sayed held.
The judges said the issue of airport security would not be compromised by granting him an Aerodrome Entry Pass.
The pilot was in a live-in relationship for nearly two years, which ended before January 2010, and his former partner lodged a criminal complaint.
The Powai police station had registered an offence of cheating and rape against the pilot on the basis of the woman's complaint.