Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Kargil war hero fakes email to get a chance to fly the aircraft of Home Minister Amit Shah, BSF begins probe

In a grave incidence with national security implications, a Kargil war hero from the Indian Air Force is under investigation by the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Delhi Police for alleged impersonation and falsification of facts in a bid to fly the aircraft of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, reports Indian Express.

Reportedly, engineering, construction and manufacturing giant Larsen and Toubro had received a series of emails from BSF Air Wing, which flies Home Minister Amit Shah. The emails requested that Wing Commander (retd) JS Sangwan, a BSF pilot, should be given a chance to fly L&T’s Embraer aircraft.

The emails had recommended Sangwan saying that he was a trained Embraer pilot with Pilot in Command (PIC) grading and had over 4000 flying hours. As L&T had received a high recommendation regarding the pilot, they had agreed and offered to allow him to pilot its flight from Chennai to Delhi to Mumbai in July.
However, a preliminary inquiry made by the L&T stopped the retd IAF pilot from flying the company’s aircraft. A day before he was to leave for Chennai, the L&T officials had called the BSF Air Wing office for some clarifications only to be told that the BSF had made no such recommendation.

The BSF also stated that Sangwan was not rated even as a co-pilot, let alone as a pilot-in-command (PIC). After the examination of the emails, it was found that Sangwan had recommended himself, impersonating as his superior, and in one of the mails given his own number for verification calls.

The BSF soon initiated its own preliminary enquiry, which found that the officer was allegedly trying to clock in enough flying hours on an Embraer so that he could quickly begin to fly the Home Minister. For any VIP flying, a pilot needs a minimum of 500 hours of flying under his belt. To fly the Home Minister, the requirement is in excess of 1,000 hours.

“Why a decorated IAF officer like him would do that we are unable to understand. Why he was in such a hurry to fly the home minister is a matter of investigation,” a senior BSF officer said.
27/08/19 OpIndia
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