Kanda wanted to revive MDLR for Geetika
Gopal Goyal Kanda, accused of abetting the suicide of 23-year-old Geetika Sharma, wanted to revive the airline for the former airhostess after she was forced to leave Emirates.
After resigning from MDLR in May 2010, Sharma had joined Emirates in August. She returned from Dubai in January 2011. In the revival plan that Kanda's representative submitted to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Sharma was named as second-in-command.
The company had got DGCA's nod to restart the operation in November 2010. In a letter to DGCA, MDLR had written that they were hiring two more planes on lease and were in the process of starting the operations again.
"They had submitted a plan, claiming their two aircraft were parked at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and another was under maintenance in Romania. Since there is a provision of reviving the operation within two years of cancellation of licence, we approved their request," said a senior DGCA official, who did not wish to be named.
MDLR had also claimed that they were in the process of buying two more aircraft. In their plan, it had mentioned the names of six officials in which Geetika was second-in-command.
"They mentioned Geetika's name as director (commercial) and demanded a purple pass for her, which would have allowed her to enter any part of the airport. Also, before the cancellation, Nupur Mehta had been mentioned in the application, which was missing when MDLR applied for the second time," said a DGCA source.
Sources also said that Ankita Singh's name was did not figure in the employees' list. And of the 250 employees in MDLR, 150 were women.
The airline had started its operation in March 2007 and used to ply on small routes such as Jaipur, Chandigarh and Lucknow. But usually, its passengers were few in number. On such occasions, it would send them by road. MDLR suspended its operation in November 2009 after suffering losses.