The ongoing controversy over the unceremonious removal of former DGCA EK Bharat Bhushan has become murkier,with Bhushan alleging that his official note on action to be taken against Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) and observations made by two officers have been removed from the file.
Bhushan,in his note,which,according to the current DGCA Prasant Sukul doesnt even exist,had suggested shutting down KFA operations on safety issues.
Bhushan,in a letter to Sukul,termed it as very serious and requested for a probe in his letter dated July 14,with a copy to the Cabinet Secretary and the civil aviation secretary stating,I feel constrained to give the clarification to set the record straight.
According to his letter: On 9th July,2012,I had received the file on KFAs financial surveillance and including an analysis of the situation prepared by Dy Director Air safety,Amit Gupta and forwarded by DDG (Air Safety),Lalit Gupta,which formed part of the file. On the same day,I recorded a note ordering notice to be served on the airline that unless they clear a substantial portion of the dues including employees salaries within 15 days of receipt of the notice,their operational permit may be suspended.
Bhushan further wrote,The pages including the observations of the two officers have been removed from the file. Apparently,this suggests wrongdoing of a very serious nature.
However,Sukul said,I have got the matter investigated and there is no such note,no file recording,no entry in the daily dispatch register.
Official notes,made available to The Indian Express,revealed that scheduled domestic carriers,including KFA had complied with short-term deficiencies and quarterly review was ordered on long-term deficiencies.