New Delhi: The recent revelation of two Indigo pilots and an Air India pilot on procuring fake licenses on forged documents have sent shockers across the nation. The reverberations were also felt in Rajya Sabha as the house took a serious note on the trend putting the life of passengers at risk.

Highlighting the issue during Zero Hour, BJP MP Kalraj Mishra said the arrest of an Air India pilot by Crime Branch of the Delhi police on March 13 shows the Aviation department was not paying adequate attention and demanded immediate action against the guilty.

In the current crackdown by DGCA, licences of 3,000 to 4,000 pilots are being scrutinised by the Authority. Less than a week after a woman pilot of a private airline Captain Parminder Kaur Gulati was arrested for procuring a flying licence through forged documents, Air India co-pilot JK Verma was arrested by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police on March 12 on similar charges.

Two more such cases are under scrutiny, the police said.

Mishra’s party colleague Maya Singh alleged that all this was happening with the collusion of the DGCA and demanded a thorough inquiry of the documents submitted by the pilots for
licences.

Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan said the entire House joins the members on the issue.