Saturday, December 16, 2017

14 senior AAI officials in dock for graft

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has ordered a probe into an anonymous written complaint by a charter airline operator, also called Non Scheduled Operator Permit (NSOP) operator, naming 14 senior officers at 12 different AAI-run airports and accusing them of demanding bribes directly or indirectly for issuing clearances for their parking and ground handling operations.

Dated December 4, 2017, the twopage letter, addressed to Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairperson Guruprasad Mohapatra naming 14 officials serving at key positions at these airports, alleges that these officials were harassing the airline by demanding bribes to give clearances for parking of their aircraft and permissions for ground-handling operations.

Copies of the letter were also marked to Prime Minister’s Office, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, and Secretary of Civil Aviation, Rajiv Narayan Dubey, creating a flutter in the civil aviation ministry circles.

“We are an NSOP operator and it has become very difficult to operate our aircraft on these airports due to the personal greed of some individuals. We are not disclosing our identity because of the fear that if they get to know about our complaint, they will make our life and aircraft operation miserable,” said the letter, clarifying that their complaint was not against AAI as there are other good officers which have been serving dedicatedly in airport operations.

The letter identifies a senior officer at each of the 12 airports and seeks a departmental probe against them. The letter names six Airport Directors, four officers in charge of the Air Traffic Control, two Terminal Managers, and two AGM Operations at these airports alleging that they demand bribes directly or indirectly through ground handlers. These officials are posted at Ludhiana, Dehradun, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bhavnagar, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Pune, Goa, Vijaywada, Vizag, and Agra airports, the letter said.
16/12/17  Satish Nandgaonkar/Mumbai Mirror