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PIL in HC claims Jet Airways violating flight safety regulations

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today sought the responses of the Centre, regulator DGCA and on a PIL alleging that the was flouting national and international flight safety regulations by allowing unauthorised persons to travel overseas by "masquerading" as its crew on a "declaration".

A bench of Acting and Justice C issued notice to the Civil Ministry, Directorate of Civil and the and sought their replies to the plea which has alleged that the declaration allowed such persons "to avoid obtaining a visa and pass undetected into foreign territory".

The petition by one Rajneesh Kapur, who claims to be a journalist, submits that Declaration (GD) is a declaration of the passengers, air crew and cargo, being ferried in an international flight by the flight operator.

In support of his allegation, the petitioner has cited the January 2018 incident of a cabin crew member being arrested by the Department of for being in possession of contraband foreign currency worth over Rs three crore.

"In practice, most countries accept the furnishing of a Declaration, duly authorised by the operator, along with a valid passport and a crew identity card by crew members, in place of a visa for short-duration stays in order to facilitate the streamlining of international flight operations," the plea, filed through Nikhil Borwanker, said.

This declaration is being violated by Jet Airways, the petitioner has alleged and claimed that the persons allowed to travel as flight crew under the GD may be part of some illegal activities like money laundering.

The plea also claimed the existence of a conflict of interest in the operations of DGCA, as the regulator often hired employees of as its senior officials.

The petition alleged that due to this, DGCA "routinely turns a blind eye" to any violation of civil rules by the private

It has sought issuance of show cause notices to the regulator and the as to why there should not be an investigation by or a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the alleged violations. The court will hear the matter next on August 29.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 20:50 IST
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