DGCA files complaint against 34 pilots over obscene text messages

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Tuesday filed a complaint against 34 pilots for making obscene remarks against a senior official on social media. They were employed in different airlines, though, like Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir.

Written by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi | Published:June 6, 2017 5:36 pm
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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday filed a complaint against 34 pilots for making obscene remarks against a senior official on social media. The message, which was being circulated, came in knowledge of the senior officials and DGCA took the pilots to the Lodhi Colony police station but no FIR was filed.

The pilots were batchmates from flight school who had undertaken training in Australia and had a Whatsapp group where they would share messages. They were employed in different airlines, though, like Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir. The 34 pilots were asked to report to the DGCA office in Delhi on Tuesday morning. They were then taken to the police station by a team of DGCA officials.

The police have registered a complaint though it says that the messages were just banter and it is for them to resolve it amongst themselves. A formal FIR as of now has not been filed.

“All of these pilots were batchmates but not from the same airline They had undertaken flight training together in Australia. Obviously, they were good friends and hence had made a Whatsapp group where they used to share messages for fun. Often in such groups youngsters share messages of adult nature to have a bit of banter and this is what happened here as well,” said SHO Ravi Shankar, Lodhi Colony Police Station. “The pilots were sent back after some time and they were neither detained nor arrested,” he said.

“We carried out the preliminary questioning, but an FIR, at this point, is thinking too ahead of ourselves. It is best for them to resolve amongst themselves. We have taken note of their complaint,” he added.

On a query, BS Bhullar, Director General of DGCA, replied: “DGCA has filed complaint for making obscene remarks against DGCA officials on social media. Any action on that is for the police.” It seems, for now, the matter is laid to rest

The commanders are protesting against the provisions of the Draft Civil Aviation Requirements under which one of the most contentious clause in the doubling of notice period from six months to one year.

A senior DGCA official on the condition of anonymity said, “There have been multiple faceoffs between senior officials and pilots. Many of them seem to have started taking things too lightly. We are not shy to pull them up. The messages circulating were in bad taste and demeaning.”

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    Pulak Mukherjee
    Jun 6, 2017 at 10:25 pm
    What an wonderful re-enactment of Orwell's 1984. Big brother is watching you everywhere Whatapp, FB, private email etc. Any rebellious act to run Him down will attract immediate retribution in terms of concocted CBI cases, FIR registration and IT roads. Achhe Din Aa a.
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    Ankur
    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:55 pm
    Just a small thing to add- it should not be umed that all the members of a WhatsApp group are very good friends, or are equally close to everyone. It's more of a norm these days that people in same class/ins ution make WhatsApp group just to stay informed.
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    amar singh
    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:07 pm
    Root cause of exchange of these communications between pilots & DGCA is the draft CAR for extending the notice period for commanders from 6 months to 12 months before leaving an Airlines. Earlier even After kingfisher airlines stopped paying ries to pilots DGCA did not allow pilots to join other Airlines for six months & forced them to fly without ries to favour Mr. Vijay Mallya .Going by Kingfisher experience & in the interest of natural justice DGCA should have immediately withdrawn earlier CAR also requiring 6 months notice for leaving an Airlines. Leaving aside the AUTHORITY of DGCA to issue a CAR for reasons of flight safety & in public interest morality & honesty demands that DGCA should immediately withdraw the earlier CAR also & leave this issue concerning service conditions to be settled between pilots & Airlines. On the contrary DGCA should support pilots against Airline managements to facilitate implementation of it's rules strictly in the interest of flight safety
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