Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Plea questions DGCA appointment of examiners to check pilots; HC seeks Centre''s stand

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought response of the Centre and airline regulator DGCA on a plea alleging appointment of airline employees as designated examiners (DEs) to conduct routine checks on fitness of pilots.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MCA), the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Go Airlines Ltd seeking their stand on the petition which has also claimed that in one instance a person was appointed as DE without the requisite qualifications.

The petitioner, Yeshwanth Shenoy, has said that appointing DEs who are also in the employ of airlines is a serious conflict of interest, since if these examiners do not clear their own pilots it will affect their airline''s operations.

Shenoy has alleged the DEs, therefore, "continue to clear unfit and incompetent pilots" for duty leading to endangering lives of the passengers and people on the ground.

He has contended that despite several representations to DGCA, the regulator "has failed to take even baby steps to ensure safety of passengers and people on ground".
27/11/19 PTI/Outlook

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