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HC asks DGCA to probe allegations of forged marksheets given by pilots

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Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to conduct an inquiry into allegations of pilots procuring flying license after submitting forged marksheets. A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi was hearing a public interest litigation by one Manisha Khanagali seeking a CBI inquiry into the ‘scam’.

“We are concerned about the safety of people who travel by air. The DGCA should look into this issue,” the HC said while directing the aviation sector regulator to conduct an inquiry and file its reply to the allegations. The petition claims that several pilots have procured commercial flying license after submitting forged and fake marksheets. According to the petition, no verification is done before approving the license.