34 pilots questioned by Delhi Police for using obscene language against senior in a WhatsApp chat

DGCA Joint Director General Lalit Gupta filed the complaint after he read WhatssApp chat of the pilots

Did you know your chats on a WhatsApp group can land you in a police station! Thirty-four pilots were on Monday questioned by the Delhi Police for having allegedly used obscene language against Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Joint Director General Lalit Gupta. The official had filed a complaint against the pilots after someone from the group sent him screenshots of the conversation.

The pilots working with four airlines at for using “filthy and abusive language”, the Delhi Police Tuesday questioned 34 pilots in connection with the issue. However,

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Though a complaint has been lodged at the Lodhi Colony police station, no FIR has been filed and no arrests have been made yet. Additional DCP (south) Chinmoy Biswal told The Indian Express that they are seeking legal opinion over the complaint that they have got against the 34 pilots.

Lalit Gupta reportedly filed the complaint after he read the messages in the screenshots that were sent to him.

As per the initial probe, there is an ongoing tiff between pilots and the DGCA over the proposal to increase the notice period for pilots from 6 months to one year. The pilots apparently were discussing the same issue on the WhatsApp group on Monday. Some even said that Gupta had asked the airline to check the mental alertness of all these pilots as they could not even quote a designation properly. Responding to such messages, the agitated members of the group allegedly foul language and also abused Gupta in the chat. The pilots have reportedly accepted their mistake before the police and have also apologised for their act.

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Jet Airways officials admitted that some of its cockpit members were called to record their statements and added that they are extending their full cooperation to the authorities. Denying to comment further due to a pending enquiry in the matter, the airlines said that it will take appropriate measures as per company policy, and in compliance with the law.

While Jet Airways accepted, SpiceJet claimed that none of their pilots had written anything against any DGCA official.

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