New Delhi: Former Civil Aviation minister Vayalar Ravi on Wednesday said that the sacking of DGCA Bharat Bhushan came as a surprise to him as Bhushan was "one of the finest officers" he had known.
"Bharat Bhushan is one of the finest officers... He believes in norms. When I was incharge of Civil Aviation, he took all efforts to check corrupt practices... agents. He never spared Air India. I gave full freedom to him, never intervened. He checked the airlines and was a strict officer," he said.
He added, "I don't know what happened there. He was a very good officer."
On lobby groups, he said, "May be some complaints came... Whenever I checked, I always realised that DGCA was right all the time. It's a surprise to me. It was changed within a short span after the Cabinet Committee regularised it for another term. I don't want to comment on why, how he was removed... I only said how he was with me when I was the minister."