Saturday, September 01, 2018

Court orders FIR against Air India pilot Arvind Kathpalia, Joint DGCA named as accused

A court has directed the Delhi police to lodge an FIR against an Air India pilot for alleged violation of Aircraft Rules, tampering with evidence and intimidating a doctor working with the airlines in January, 2017. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gurmohina Kaur also directed that Lalit Gupta, Joint Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), be named as an accused in the FIR for allegedly covering up the actions of the pilot, Captain Arvind Kathpalia.
The court took on record an action taken report (ATR) filed by Delhi police and said 'prima facie' cognizable offences were made out which required detailed examination and collection of evidence.
"... prima facie cognisable offences are made out which required detailed examination and collection of evidence. Hence, SHO, PS, IGI Airport is directed to register an FIR and investigate the present case," the court said.
According to the complaint filed by Indian Pilots Association, on January 19, 2017, Kathpalia was scheduled to operate a flight from New Delhi to Bengaluru and he proceeded to operate the flight without undergoing the mandatory Pre-Flight Breath and Analyser Test.
31/09/18 PTI/Economic Times

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