Friday, June 09, 2017

Flaws in aviation safety, Bombay High Court wants CBI, AAI to respond

Mumbai: Bombay High Court on Thursday directed various central authorities including the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) and Airport Authorities of India (AAI) to respond to a petition that has highlighted several flaws in aviation safety.

A Division Bench presided over by Justice RM Savant and Justice Sadhana Jadhav said this while hearing a criminal Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by advocate Yeshwant Shenoy.

In his petition, Shenoy claimed that the aviation system in India has completely broken down with ‘conflicts of interests, collusion and corruption.’
He has sought a criminal action against the officials of Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Mumbai International Airport Authority (MIAL), CBI, AAI, City and Suburban Collectors and, also, officials of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

According to Shenoy, there are several buildings constructed near the airports of the city, which are in violation with the height norms. He has claimed that despite the orders of another Division Bench headed by Justice Vidyasagar Kanade, the authorities have failed to demolish the buildings.

Shenoy argued that air safety is a major issue as an unpleasant incident can take place on the airports as the buildings pose a major hurdle for the aeroplanes to land or take off.
09/06/17 Free Press Journal
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