New Delhi: Former Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Bharat Bhushan had signed a letter and given it to the Additional DGCA in which it was pointed out that the troubled Kingfisher Airlines had failed to comply with the recovery plan. The letter accessed by CNN-IBN reveals that the Vijay Mallya-owned airline had been served a notice of 15 days to pay the salaries and dues of its employees.
"Kingfisher has failed to comply with the recovery plan that was submitted to the DGCA. Its promise to induct aircraft back into its fleet to resume its required schedule has not been done. It has failed to reinstate itself into the IATA ticketing system," the letter signed by Bhushan, who was sacked as the DGCA on Tuesday said.
"It also failed to pay its employees 6 months salary despite several notices. We are hereby giving Kingfisher 15 days notice after which their licence will be terminated," the letter further said.
The letter was issued at 11 am on July 9 and Bhushan's sacking order came on Tuesday. The letter is still with the DGCA.
However, Kinfisher Airlines denied that the company had any role in Bhushan's sacking. "Transfer of Government officials is the sole prerogative of the Government. It is both highly incorrect and mischievous to even suggest that the transfer of DGCA was in any way connected to Kingfisher Airlines," the company said in a statement.
Sources say many airlines had complained against Bhushan's high-handedness. Sources say that airlines had complained to the Civil Aviation Ministry that due to the difficult financial situation they were having a tough time complying with strict guidelines of the DGCA, which was also conveyed to the Aviation Minister.
Aviation Minister had reportedly come to an understanding with the operators. The removal of Bhushan as the DGCA within a week of him getting an extension has led to a divide between the Civil Aviation Ministry and the government.
Government sources say the extension was signed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the approval of all the concerned ministers. But Civil Aviation Ministry sources say that Bhushan's extension was a procedural error.
Government sources say there can be no discrepancy in procedures as far as Bharat Bhushan's extension as DGCA till December 2012 is concerned.