Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Police hasn't properly probed case against Air India pilot Arvind Kathpalia, says HC

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Tuesday said the police has not properly investigated a criminal case involving Air India pilot Arvind Kathpalia, who has been accused of violating aircraft rules including evading breath analyser test and forgery.

Justice Mukta Gupta, after perusing a status report of the Delhi Police, asked it to file a detailed report after conducting proper investigation.

"Status report filed by Delhi Police. However, it does not answer relevant questions. The prosecutor seeks time to file a detailed status report after conducting proper investigation," the court said.

The court extended its interim order till March 28, asking the police not to take any coercive steps against Kathpalia, who was present at the hearing.

Kathpalia was removed as director of operations of Air India in November, 2018 after failing to clear the pre-flight alcohol test, with the government citing "serious nature of the transgression and (his) failure to course correct".
22/01/19 PTI/Business Standard