HC dismisses Shiv Sena MP's plea against A-I
The PIL alleged that many of A-I's pilots did not have the required experience in terms of flying hours.india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 15:28 IST
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed a public interest litigation filed by Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut alleging that Air-India, the national carrier, was not following the norms of air-crew training.
The PIL was dismissed by a division bench which found no merit in the allegations levelled by the petitioner.
The PIL alleged that many of A-I's pilots did not have the required experience in terms of flying hours.
A-I was flouting Civil Aviation requirements and norms framed by Directorate General Civil Aviation with regard to training of pilots, Raut alleged.
Raut said he had raised the safety issue at all fora and also sent a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
However, he alleged that Air-India continued to violate the safety norms, thereby seriously subjecting the lives of innocent passengers to jeopardy.
The PIL urged the court to issue a directive that no pilot should be allowed to commence training on any aircraft till he or she has mandatory flying experience as required by DGCA.
Air-India denied the allegations saying rules were not violated and safety was never compromised.