New Delhi: The extension of Bharat Bhushan's tenure as the Director General of Civil Aviation was a procedural mistake, according to sources. The man who took on corruption in aviation, Bharat Bhushan, was suddenly removed as the DGCA on Tuesday, a week after his tenure was extended by the Cabinet.
While Civil Aviation minister Ajit Singh refused to react, the Civil Aviation Ministry sources say that the extension was sought by the previous minister Vayalar Ravi.
Sources also said that Arun Mishra will be the new DGCA after all the formalities are completed. Till then, Prashant Shukul will handle the additional charge of the DGCA.
Sources in the DGCA said that two days ago Bhushan had signed a scathing letter asking for the closure of Kingsfisher Airlines if they don't pay the dues to the employees.
In the past, Bhushan has also voiced dissent against Air India. He believed that airlines with a demotivated workforce is a recipe for disaster.
Bhushan also brought in stringent measures to prevent airlines from compromising on safety matters on account of their financial trouble.
He also brought in computerised pilot licensing exams eradicating middlemen.
Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs and former Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi backed Bhushan calls him one of the finest officers who believes in norms. "When I was in charge of civil aviation, he made all efforts to check corrupt practices and agents. He never spared Air India. I gave full freedom to him and never intervened. He checked airlines and was a strict officer," Vayalar Ravi said.
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