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DGCA needs to probe in fake pilot licenses: Rudy

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Mar 15, 2011 at 12:30pm IST

New Delhi: The crime branch of the Delhi Police is probing the role of the officials of aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in granting fake pilot licenses.

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who is also a qualified pilot, says the DGCA must probe how pilots with phoney degrees were allowed to fly.

“As witnessed by investigations, it all started with the Rajasthan flying club, where the anti-corruption branch of the Rajasthan police is investigating the matters relating to one Rajasthan Flying Club. We are finding the same on the commander's license, which is the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) license,” Rudy said.

“It deserves a thorough investigation. I'm sure that all such fake licenses that do exist will be detected. I'm sure the DGCA will be able to do so,” Rudy added.

When asked if these things can happen without active connivance with in the DGCA, Rudy said, “I’m sure it is much deeper and due investigations will reveal most things. There is a disconnect between the examining branch and the branch issuing licenses and possible this disconnect has resulted in the anomaly.

“If there was an internal mechanism in which marks and marks sheets issued by the examining department could be examined by the licensing department possible such a thing wouldn't have happened internally also we require certain policy mechanisms.” Rudy added.

Answering a question whether rectification of policy is required, Rudy said, “Yes, I think that I'm not privy to what the mechanism is now. I'm sure there is a need for an in-depth study of the mechanism of issuing licenses.

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