Friday, December 22, 2017

AAI orders probe into bribery allegations against Sahnewal airport director

Ludhiana: The director at Sahnewal airport is among 13 officers of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) who have come under the scanner as the AAI has ordered a probe into an anonymous complaint allegedly written by a chartered flight operator accusing him of demanding bribes for issuing clearance for their parking and ground handling operations. However, Sahnewal airport director Anand Narayan Sharma refuted the allegations against him saying that he has done no wrong.
 The two page letter dated December 4, 2017, addressed to AAI chairperson Guruprasad Mohapatra has named 14 officials including Sahnewal airport director 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.
 "We are an NSOP (non-scheduled operator permit) 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," read 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 Sahnewal airport director is asking for money indirectly through his preferred ground handlers and making our operations difficult if we are not hiring his preferred handlers and not allowing other BCAS cleared handling agency on Ludhiana Airport even as our contacted GHA (ground handling) fulfill all norms of AAI as well as BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security)," reads the complaint against the airport director at Sahnewal Airport.
222/12/17 Shariq Majeed/Times of India