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One more pilot held for using forged marksheet

New Delhi: One more pilot has been arrested here for allegedly using forged marksheets to procure commercial flying licences and acting as a middleman, taking the total number of people arrested in such cases to 23.

The arrested person has been identified as Dipak Daulat Asatkar (25), who was absconding for the past six months, Ashok Chand, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), said. He was apprehended from Mumbai yesterday.

He allegedly obtained commercial flying licence by using forged marksheets and also later acted as a middleman between agents and pilots who wanted to acquire a licence using the same method.

With this, Delhi Police has arrested 21 persons in the case — 13 pilots, three DGCA officials and five middlemen. Jaipur Police has arrested two fake pilots since March seven after the fake pilot scam was unearthed by the DGCA.

The previous arrest by Delhi Police was made on Aug 10 when they apprehended a pilot Gaurav Jain. Four pilots are still absconding.

Asatkar came in contact with Capt Pradeep Tyagi, who was arrested earlier through one of his friends. Tyagi through his contacts in DGCA allegedly helped him in getting his Indian CPL immediately in February 2009.

Till date, the Crime Branch has smashed four modules.

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